Ashby's Mobile Homeostat
Artificial Life and Intelligent Agents 2014
In 'Design for a Brain' W. Ross Ashby speculates about the possibility of creating a mobile homeostat with its critical states set so that it seeks situations of high illumination. This is an embedding of Ashby's classic homeostat (1948) within a simulated robot and environment with two degrees of freedom. It uses a 2-unit homeostat with disjoint units that co-ordinate only via their environment.
In this experiment we can observe the effect of switching the eyes around, and seeing if it is able to re-adapt.
- Allow the homeostat to find a stable solution (trace turns green)
- Click anywhere on the canvas to switch the eyes around (trace turns red)
- Does this effect or de-stabilize the robot?
- Allow the homeostat to re-stabilize (trace turns green)
- Refresh the page to re-initialize if it gets stuck in a degenerate cycle
Source code: Vehicles