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September 22, 2005

Evolutionary computation provides perspective on "intelligent design"

Lee Spector wrote a nice piece in the Boston Globe explaining in layperson's terms how evolutionary computation (EC) works, and pointing out how EC can be useful for enabling people to "appreciate the power of selection operating on random variation when it is stripped of its emotion-laden connections to human origins and is shown to be capable of designing complex solutions to difficult problems."

Of most relevance to this site, Prof. Spector describes how the quantum computing circuits that his software has evolved are not only difficult for humans in general to understand or design, "they are extremely difficult for me to understand or design, and I could never have produced the results on my own. I am not a designer equal to that task, but evolution is."

Posted by Robert at September 22, 2005 7:05 PM
category: Evolutionary Computation

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