[ExI] Purified humanity Re: Your Genome Is a Post-Apocalyptic Wasteland

Eugen Leitl eugen at leitl.org
Mon Oct 7 10:34:27 UTC 2013

On Mon, Oct 07, 2013 at 11:20:43AM +0100, BillK wrote:

> You may be mixing evolutionary computing techniques to solve specific
> problems with evolutionary changes.

When arguing your case, please don't invent facts. They hate that.
> Evolutionary computing starts afresh with every new problem. Evolution doesn't.

It depends on what you prime your initial population with. 
Starting from urslime all the time is expensive. Notice that
none of current methods are anywhere criticality, aka evolving
evolvability. This is computationally expensive, and likely not
easy to replicate in a different context. So this means mature
methods will have initial pool conservation. 
> For example, way back, some creature in the sea found that four fins
> were quite useful at that time. After that, evolution, building on the
> past, was stuck with four limbs for ever after. Even when four limbs

Hexapodia is the key insight.

> is no longer the best solution.

Best according to who?

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