Simulation: you get out what you put in


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Article reads: Biologists have a theory to explain such altruistic behavior: Animals will help one another if they have strong genetic ties, since doing so preserves genes they have in common. Known as Hamilton’s rule of kin selection, the theory predicts that animals are prepared to make bigger sacrifices for close relatives — who share more genes — than for distant cousins. But testing this theory in the real world would require careful observation of whole populations of animals over hundreds of generations, which would take more time than most scientists have. So Swiss researchers built a population of 1,600 virtual robots with hundreds of thousands of offspring that evolved over 500 generations.

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