29 Jan '13, 4pm

Genetic algorithms become programmers themselves

[Kory] has been experimenting with genetic algorithms. Normally we’d expect his experiments to deal with tuning the variables in a control system or something, but he’s doing something much cooler. [Kory] is using genetic algorithms to write computer programs , and in the process bringing us one step closer to the Singularity. The first experiments with genetic algorithms generating applications did so in BASIC, C, and other human-readable languages. While these programs nearly worked, there were far too many limitations on what could be produced with a GA. A simpler language was needed, and after turning to assembly for a hot second, [Kory] ended up using brainfuck , an extremely minimal but still Turing-complete language. The use of brainfuck for creating programs from a genetic algorithm may seem a bit strange, but there’s a method to [Kory]‘s madness. It’s relatively s...

Full article: http://hackaday.com/2013/01/29/genetic-algorithms-become-...

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