Design by Evolution: Advances in Evolutionary Design (Natural Computing Series)
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Evolution is Nature’s design process. The natural world is full of wonderful examples of its successes, from engineering design feats such as powered flight, to the design of complex optical systems such as the mammalian eye, to the merely stunningly beautiful designs of orchids or birds of paradise. With increasing computational power, we are now able to simulate this process with greater fidelity, combining complex simulations with high-performance evolutionary algorithms to tackle problems that used to be impractical.
This book showcases the state of the art in evolutionary algorithms for design. The chapters are organized by experts in the following fields: evolutionary design and "intelligent design" in biology, art, computational embryogeny, and engineering. The book will be of interest to researchers, practitioners and graduate students in natural computing, engineering design, biology and the creative arts.
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interactively evolved using the iga to create strange and bizarre hybrids of real plants. In the E-volver system described in the chapter by Erwin Driessens and Maria Verstappen, drawing agents are evolved based on their ability to modify their environment, which happens to be an image. Multiple interacting agents form a self-generating image that constantly undergoes change and renewal. The idea of conceptualising the artwork as an ‘evolutionary ecosystem’ seems to hold much promise for
be impossible, even illogical, yet through their impossibility they expose implicit thinking about the way we conceptualise our models in the ﬁrst place. This kind of thinking may shed light on previously unconsidered assumptions in scientiﬁc models. Indeed, if we are lucky, it might even result in some enlightening artwork. Jon McCormack Art Area Leader 5 Natural Processes and Artiﬁcial Procedures Erwin Driessens and Maria Verstappen http://www.xs4all.nl/~notnot/ firstname.lastname@example.org 5.1
sense of bringing a work of art literally to life. These new possibilities are enshrined in the procedural character of the computer. By developing artiﬁcial life/evolution programs we unlock worlds each having their own generative principles and spontaneous expressions. These expressions make visible the internal structures of an artiﬁcial nature in all its variation, with a high degree of detail and often of great beauty. 5.7.2 Computational Sublime Our A-life/evolution projects contribute to a