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November 12, 2009

A Theory of Evolution for Technology

In New Scientist, complexity theorist W. Brian Arthur proposes a theory of evolution for technology. The theory was first called for by Victorian novelist Samuel Butler just four years after Darwin wrote On the Origin of Species. Arthur believes that a new theory must be developed, rather than borrowing from Darwin's theories about biology. He suggests that a mechanism that he calls combinatorial evolution is what causes new technologies to arise from combinations of existing technologies. Read more about Arthur's theory on the New Scientist website.

Posted by BlogAuthor1 at November 12, 2009 2:35 AM
category: Design & Engineering

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