a postdoctoral researcher at MIT, “complexity” enthusiast, digital nomad. http://pchvykov.mit.edu/
That’s an interesting question—I was assuming that there is a sort of “natural selection” process that acts over generations, and picks out the “best” algorithms. This way, I can understand your comment in two ways:
the selection pressures may not be directed at individual benefit, but rather at group survival or optimal transmission (rules that are easier to remember are easier to pass down)
the selection that led to our algorithms may be outdated in our modern world
Am I getting it, or did you have something else in mind?
Thanks for your interest—really nice to hear! here is a link to the videos (and supplement): https://science.sciencemag.org/content/suppl/2020/12/29/371.6524.90.DC1
I’m really excited about this post, as it relates super closely to a recent paper I published (in Science!) about spontaneous organization of complex systems—like when a house builds itself somehow, or utility self-maximizes just following natural dynamics of the world. I have some fear of spamming, but I’m really excited others are thinking along these lines—so I wanted to share a post I wrote explaining the idea in that paper https://medium.com/bs3/designing-environments-to-select-designs-339d59a9a8ce
Would love to hear your thoughts!