|2016-12-16 ||Evolutionary robotics simulations help explain why reciprocity is rare in nature.|
André J-B, Nolfi S
Recommended by Michael D Greenfield and Joël Meunier
Simulated robots and the evolution of reciprocity
Of the various forms of cooperative and altruistic behavior, reciprocity remains the most contentious. Humans certainly exhibit reciprocity – under certain circumstances – and various non-human animals behave in ways suggesting that they do as well. Thus, evolutionary biologists have sought to explain why non-relatives might engage in altruistic transactions when a substantial delay occurs between helping and compensation; i.e. an individual may be a donor today and a beneficiary tomorrow,...