Yeah I said the next post would be about the translation from PRNG-generated integer streams into actionable instructions for a Genetic Algorithm - but first, a video! Strapped-onto a toy car and left for a few hours, "Zero" seems to have invented a clever - if not particularly exciting - method of "rowing" one of the car's wheels, nudging it a few inches each time.
Come to think of it, it's solution is pretty efficient, from an energy expenditure perspective.
Understand that if we ran it again (and I have), it will come up with different solutions. And if that wheel broke it would figure something else out. That's why I'm so hot for this stuff - imagine, machines to which we can finally say "you're the expensive computer - you figure it out!" :)
Right, so how does a glob of instructionspace DNA become a new way to push a wheel? Yes, I promised, okay next post but - with a diagram so - worth the wait. Here's a sneak peek: