from the let-the-machines-breed dept
Taking evolutionary concepts and applying them to artificial intelligence software is nothing new, but suddenly, it’s getting a lot more interest in the hardware field as well (Salon stuff required). There’s just one problem: even when the evolutionary means come up with the necessary solution, it’s not always to figure out how or why. For some, this doesn’t matter. If they need the hardware to do something, and it does, they’re perfectly happy — even if they can’t explain it. For others, though, this is troublesome. One other interesting aspect of this work is that, apparently, some of the “evolved” hardware runs into patent problems. This is particularly amusing, since patent protection should be designed to stop humans from “stealing” ideas from others. However, can you patent evolutionary ideas that a machine comes up with on its own? It would be difficult to suggest that ideas where somehow stolen.