FYI: AI-programmer

Robin Becker robin at reportlab.com
Mon Feb 25 13:35:18 CET 2013


On 22/02/2013 19:21, Ian Kelly wrote:
.........
>
> Indeed, it seems to me that this is basically Richard Dawkins' weasel
> program, with the addition of a transformation step in the fitness
> function that amounts to running the string through a Brainfuck
> interpreter.  There is a rather large gap between this and getting
> computers to generate programs that do anything interesting.
......
this has been done before over and over

eg

http://www.ooblick.com/software/evolve/
http://hampshire.edu/lspector/push.html

I think if the OP could get his brainf*ck algorithm to produce a self printing 
program in brainf*ck that would be quite amusing, but for real advances I 
suggest he makes it generate itself. His fitness is fairly silly since it has no 
idea of fitness except success; minimizing the cpu/memory/program length etc etc 
are all additional measures that could be added/used.
-- 
Robin Becker




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