Creative or Not? Birds and Ants Draw with Muscle

al-Rifaie, Mohammad Majid; Bishop, Mark (J. M.) and Aber, Ahmed. 2011. Creative or Not? Birds and Ants Draw with Muscle. Proceedings of AISB'11 Computing and Philosophy, pp. 23-30. [Article]

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In this work, a novel approach of merging two swarm intelligence algorithms is considered – one mimicking the behaviour of ants foraging (Stochastic Diffusion Search [5]) and the other algorithm simulating the behaviour of birds flocking (Particle Swarm Optimisation [17]). This hybrid algorithm is assisted by a mechanism inspired from the behaviour of skeletal muscles activated by motor neurons. The operation of the swarm intelligence algorithms is first introduced via metaphor before the new hybrid algorithm is defined. Next, the novel behaviour of the hybrid algorithm is reflected through a cooperative attempt to make a drawing, followed by a discussion about creativity in general and the ’computational creativity’ of the swarm.

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computational creativity, swarm intelligence, biologically inspired mechanism, stochastic diffusion search, particle swarm optimisation

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30 Apr 2012 10:49

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29 Apr 2020 15:33

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