... or one step closer to AI.
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Adrian Thompson developed an evolution algorithm that works as an invention machine. The latest in the inventions is a tonal discriminator thingy. The coolest part is this...
The inventor of the algorithm still has no clue as to how it works.Dr. Thompson peered inside his perfect offspring to gain insight into its methods, but what he found inside was baffling. The plucky chip was utilizing only thirty-seven of its one hundred logic gates, and most of them were arranged in a curious collection of feedback loops. Five individual logic cells were functionally disconnected from the rest — with no pathways that would allow them to influence the output — yet when the researcher disabled any one of them the chip lost its ability to discriminate the tones. Furthermore, the final program did not work reliably when it was loaded onto other FPGAs of the same type.