Genetic Algorithms

At boxcar2d.com you can run a flash program which generates and optimises car designs to run over a virtual landscape.

Box Car Genetic Algorithm

Bill Gross presented at TED where he discussed the use of genetic algorithms to systems of mirrors and sterling engines to most cheaply generate power.

Sunflower solar engine

Sunflower solar engine genetic design

Richard Kemp has written An introduction to genetic algorithms for neural networks, pointing to other useful resources. He used this technique to generate optimised steel compositions for use in Fusion power plant . (Phase transformations|Thesis or Cambridge|Dspace

David MacKay previously made a presentation “Why have Sex” based on his investigation of the rate of information aquisition by a species subjected to natural selection. The work demonstrates the advantage of cross-over in increasing the rate of information aquisiaiton.

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