Friday, July 21, 2006

Design vs Evolution in Technology

I loved reading this article in the Technlogy Review. See blog post for more.

In grad school, I had a friend who was working on using genetic algorithms for chip design. Some of the chips were able to do all the logic of a simple ALU, but nobody was able to understand their internals. There were extra transistors whose output were not even used. But without them the system would not work. So the working theory was that the system was somehow dependent on the temperature increase caused by the seemingly useless transistors.

For those who don't know, the author Steven Jurvetson is one of the geekiest VC's.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Jon Lemmon said...

http://ia300116.us.archive.org/1/items/sims_evolved_virtual_creatures_1994/sims_evolved_virtual_creatures_1994_256kb.mp4

The above link is a very interesting video regarding evolutionary AI. I found it fascinating, and if you haven't already seen it, I'm sure you will too.

1:24 AM  
Anonymous Jon Lemmon said...

It looks like blogger might not have caught the whole address so I'll just put it as a link. Click here to see the video.

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