This paper will briefly review the development of evolutionary programs in design and art, explaining how genetic algorithms can be applied to technical, design and artistic problems. The main part of the paper will explain and demonstrate the surprising results that can be obtained by linking (quite naturally) evolutionary programs and genetic techniques. A variety of very different applications will be described ranging from evolving proportional letter forms and architectural features through to evolving imaginary forms in space. The special potential for using genetic algorithms with ill-defined or conflicting criteria will also be described. Experiments with the construction of neural nets for form-creating activities will also be shown.
- John Frazer (N. Ireland, UK)