The inventor’s trial-and-error approach can be automated by software that mimics natural selectionAND
“I HAVE not failed. I have just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” So said Thomas Edison, the prolific inventor, speaking of his laborious attempts to perfect the incandescent light bulb.AND
As in biology, most mutations are worse than the original. But a few are better, and these are used to create the next generation.AND
A century and a half after Darwin suggested natural selection as the mechanism of evolution, engineers have proved him right once again.