Extreme Environments Perpetuate Cooperation

Gower-Winter, Brandon and Nitschke, Geoff (2022) Extreme Environments Perpetuate Cooperation, Proceedings of IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence (IEEE SSCI 2022), 4-7 December 2022.

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We investigate whether environmental stress positively impacts the emergence of cooperative behaviour in socially stratified societies. We achieve this by utilizing NeoCOOP, an ABM that uses artificial evolution as adaptive mechanisms to simulate the emergence and evolution of altruistic and selfish behaviour in Neolithic-inspired agents. We perform scenario experimentation whereby we monitor the resource trading preferences of these agents by varying the frequency of environmental stress and the initial beliefs of said agents. Our results indicate that in extreme conditions, altruism is preferred. Furthermore, our results suggest that the degree of social stratification of a population is positively related to its ability to maintain logisticlike growth while remaining susceptible to environmental stress.

Item Type: Conference paper
Subjects: Computing methodologies > Artificial intelligence
Computing methodologies > Machine learning
Computing methodologies > Modeling and simulation
Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2023 08:18
Last Modified: 24 Aug 2023 08:18
URI: https://pubs.cs.uct.ac.za/id/eprint/1554

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