VIRTUAL EVOLUTION – A MEMETIC CRITIQUE OF GENETIC ALGORITHMS IN DESIGN

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dc.contributor.author Abel, Chris.
dc.date.accessioned 2007-10-04T04:06:05Z
dc.date.accessioned 2012-12-15T02:35:13Z
dc.date.available 2007-10-04T04:06:05Z
dc.date.available 2012-12-15T02:35:13Z
dc.date.issued 2007-10-04T04:06:05Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2100/461
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/19694
dc.description.abstract This paper discusses some issues in design theory arising from the use of genetic algorithms in architecture. The rationale for such programs derives from the iterative process of Darwinian natural selection, which has been likened to an algorithm, or ‘foolproof recipe’. However, while the products of these programs are often visually seductive, researchers rarely question the biological model underpinning them. Approaching the subject from a memetic perspective, the author argues that there are fundamental differences as well as similarities between memes, as cultural replicators, and genes, as biological replicators. Evolutionary design models based on the latter, especially those operating exclusively within laboratory or artificial environments, may therefore be misconceived. A number of problematic issues are identified, involving questions of definition, transmission, embodiment, selection and autonomy. As an alternative strategy, it is suggested that embedding design algorithms in real-life projects offers more promising results. The author concludes that, given the complexity of cultural evolution, the proper subjects for design research are memetic algorithms, rather than the genetic models. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject virtual evolution en
dc.subject genetic algorithms en
dc.subject memetics en
dc.subject biological models en
dc.subject Design theory en
dc.title VIRTUAL EVOLUTION – A MEMETIC CRITIQUE OF GENETIC ALGORITHMS IN DESIGN en
dc.type Article en


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