Does the process of design, need a designer?
Lately, I’ve been wondering... a lot! Every now and then… I am thinking about a book, that changed my perspective about design. The book is called, the blind watchmaker and it was written by the British Biologist, Richard Dawkins.
This question, “why do we need to design” is not about necessity to solve problems… I mean, there is no grand, universal, absolute purpose of designing solutions… But it is more about the process and labor of designing itself. I mean does a design really need a creator?
Richard made it clear that things that seem designed, are not necessarily designed “intentionally”. They can be a byproduct of a totally natural process, without the help of any “intelligent being” behind it. The material and physical explanations were more than enough to give me the confidence to look at the field of artificial life systems.
Artificial life (often abbreviated ALife or A-Life) is a field of study wherein researchers examine systems related to natural life, its processes, and its evolution, through the use of simulations with computer models, robotics, and biochemistry. Artificial life studies the fundamental processes of living systems in artificial environments in order to gain a deeper understanding of the complex information processing that define such systems. These topics are broad, but often include evolutionary dynamics, emergent properties of collective systems, biomimicry, as well as related issues about the philosophy of the nature of life and the use of lifelike properties in artistic works.
Brownian Motion : How simple information can give rise to complex structures.
Digital Petri Dish : Growing digital shapes in grasshopper.
So stay with me as I unpack some of the findings and research that has been done in the field of artificial life systems and maybe harness the power of randomness and mutation to evolve solutions instead of designing them. :D
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