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Computers Evolve a New Path Toward Human Intelligence | Quanta Magazine

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Computers Evolve a New Path Toward Human Intelligence | Quanta Magazine
Stanley's realization led to what he calls the steppingstone principle - and, with it, a way of designing algorithms that more fully embraces the endlessly creative potential of biological evolution. Evolutionary algorithms have been around for a long time.

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Neuroevolution

Neuroevolution is a form of artificial intelligence. It is a meta-algorithm, an algorithm for designing algorithms. It adopts the principles of biological evolution in order to design smarter algor...

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Evolutionary algorithms

Traditionally, evolutionary algorithms are used to solve specific problems. For instance, the ability to control a two-legged robot. Solutions that perform the best on some metrics are selected to ...

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The steppingstone principle

It goes beyond traditional evolutionary approaches. It explains innovation. Instead of optimizing for a specific goal, it embraces the creative exploration of a diverse population of sol...

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Producing human intelligence

Biological evolution is the only system to produce human intelligence.

If we want algorithms that can navigate the physical and social world as we do, we need to imitate nature's tactics. Ins...

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Pursuing objectives can be problematic

Pursuing specific goals can be a hindrance to reaching those objectives.

Kenneth Stanley, a computer scientist, hoped to show that by following ideas in interesting directions, algorithms can...

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Pros and Cons of Neuroevolution

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  • It requires a considerable amount of computation.
  • Most people want to solve a particular problem. Neuroevolution might get you to a creative solution but could lead you astray ...

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Main uses of evolutionary algorithms

  • Maintaining a population of different solutions
  • Optimizing a single solution. 

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