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August 12, 2008

Software (Re)Invents the Wheel

Evolutionary software has invented the wheel.

Not impressed? Then consider that a circle is not the only shape which maintains a constant height when rolled across flat ground. Can you figure out what the other shapes are? If not, then don't feel bad. They were not discovered until the late 19th century. Yet an evolutionary algorithm rediscovered them in under an hour.

Posted by Robert at August 12, 2008 6:00 AM
category: Artificial Invention