Skip to content

Evolutionary algorithms now surpass human designers

August 7, 2007
clipped from www.newscientisttech.com

Evolutionary algorithms now surpass human designers

evolutionary algorithms (EAs), which mimic the processes of natural selection and random mutation by “breeding”, selecting and re-breeding possible designs to produce the fittest ones.

Proponents of EAs say they could replace traditional methods in many fields from designing exotic new types of optical fibre and USB memory sticks to more aesthetic computer-generated art. Critics argue that the technique may lead to designs that can’t be properly evaluated since no human understands which trade-offs were made and therefore where failure is likely.

Nonetheless, EAs face challenges. A common objection is that some electronic circuits and antennas work fine, but the mathematics behind them is intractable. And if you don’t know how an evolved design works, how can you know when it might fail? But Koza calls that objection “self-serving and bogus”. “Like any design you can test the hell of the one solution you settle on,” he says.

No comments yet

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: