3.5 billion years ago the first multi-cellular
life-forms emerged. Individual cells that once
competed directly against one another formed alliances.
This allowed cells to specialize creating highly
complex mechanisms such as neural networks and
muscle fibers. From this point on evolution gave
life a phenomenal diversity of designs. Some perform
better than others, and thus are allowed to give
offspring. This selection process is also known
as Darwin's Theory of Evolution.
Can we take advantage of this same process to
design mechanical forms? After all, nature has
been doing so for billions of years and we are
living proof of its profound effect: the emergence
of properties not suggested by their constituents.
The process of evolution have "designed"
mechanisms that could swim, hop, camoflage, and
sense. It even allowed a regular three pound chunk
of matter properties of self-awareness.
This project aims to explore the concepts of artificial
evolution in detail, and on a broader scope the
concept of emergence.
This is an independent study project at UCLA D|MA
by Michael Chang under the supervision of prof.
Casey Reas. The entire project was researched
and excecuted over a ten week stretch. All programming
elements were written and compiled with Processing.