||[Apr. 10th, 2006|12:05 am]
Really fun article:
Found via this excellent post.
"A software program called Avida allows researchers to track the birth, life, and death of generation after generation of the digital organisms by scanning columns of numbers that pour down a computer screen like waterfalls."
Sounds eerily similar to The Matrix.
2006-04-10 08:11 am (UTC)
I think the wording was intentional. I bet that's an artistic way of describing a console scrolling.
I was thinking it sounded kind of like the Autoverse in Greg Egan's Permutation City, although I missed the part you quoted there.
Of course, the Autoverse comparison is kind of inaccurate anyway since in the book, the Autoverse was actually a microcosm of the universe, complete with its own simplified physics, chemistry, atomic/molecular models and things like that, rather than just an artificial life simulator.
I remember seeing something like this on the Discovery channel something like 10 years ago (I remember telling my 7th grade science teacher about it). They evolved these programs that eventually learned how to swim in a virtual environment. I always wanted to watch that show again, but I have no idea what it was called, when it was on, etc.
2006-04-10 07:53 am (UTC)
I love Discover magazine. First read it when I was in California back in 2000, and I buy the odd issue when I see it in Borders stores on these shores.
Ah, fond memories of playing with MacTierra on... an '030, IIRC, many years ago.
It's too bad they didn't mention any of the other research going on in Genetic Algorithms research.
weak- the mac dmg link is broken