Genetic algorithms and evolution on fast-forward
The dorg, the latest batch of digital organisms, will one day be placed in a little world to work out their destiny. The notion is to try and coax them into becoming intelligent. They aren’t ready yet. There’s a bunch of coding that Brad has to finish first. In the meantime, they’ve been tuned and tested with a genetic algorithm. Today, we talk about genetic algorithms and how they can be used to speed up evolution, and point the dorg in what will hopefully turn out to be the right direction.
Here’s a link to a tutorial on genetic algorithms and how they are used.
Here’s a link to the self-replicating artificial life experiments of John von Neumann, worked out before computers were fast enough to test them.
Here’s a bit of info on how evolution like approaches have been used to design hardware.
And here is a link to a tutorial on genetic programming.