How AI Happens

Evolutionary Programming with Dr. Bill Porto

Episode Summary

Joining us today is Dr. Bill Porto, Redpoint Senior Analytics Engineer and storied AI researcher, academic, and developer. Bill shares all his current projects, including pattern recognition and optimization models, and he reveals what it was like to work with the father of Evolutionary Programming, Dr. Larry Fogel. We touch on a new definition for computational intelligence, and talk about where evolutionary programming is in use today, before exploring the fact that evolution is not simply survival of the fittest, but increases variance through retaining less perfect fits. What's more, we define evolution as adaptation in a dynamic environment.

Episode Notes

Joining us today is Dr. Bill Porto, Redpoint Senior Analytics Engineer and storied AI researcher, academic, and developer. Bill shares all his current projects,  including pattern recognition and optimization models, and he reveals what it was like to work with the father of Evolutionary Programming, Dr. Larry Fogel. We touch on a new definition for computational intelligence, and talk about where evolutionary programming is in use today, before exploring the fact that evolution is not simply survival of the fittest, but increases variance through retaining less perfect fits. What's more, we define evolution as adaptation in a dynamic environment. 

 

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Tweetables:

“Computational intelligence is just taking cues from nature. And nature adaptively learns using iterative evaluation selection. So why not put that into an application on a computer?” — Bill Porto [0:04:18]


“It’s not really survival of the fittest, that’s the common moniker for it, in reality evolution favors the solutions that are most fit, but it tends to retain a number of less fit solutions, and one of the benefits of that is it increases the variance in the number of solutions.” — Bill Porto [0:07:20]

“If you spend a lot of time getting a perfect solution, by the time you have it, it very well may be stale.” — Bill Porto [0:15:17]
 

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

Redpoint Global

Bill Porto on LinkedIn