Re: Are fuzzy and genetic AI mutually exclusive?

Will Dwinnell (predictor@compuserve.com)
Fri, 3 Sep 1999 21:07:48 +0200 (MET DST)

Thomas Gagne wrote:
"A co-worker was reading something of mine where I used examples from
books I've read on complexity theory to describe how software, like
ecosystems, can be evolved. He replied that after reading about fuzzy
logic I'd think differently (more fuzzily perhaps?)."

What you list here of what your co-worker said isn't much to go on.
Fuzzy logic is largely used as an uncertainty management system, and can
be applied to many different types of information processing (modeling,
clustering, pattern recognition, search, etc.). Genetic programming
(GP), which is a derivative of genetic algorithms, can indeed evolve
code, and just trivial stuff. See "Genetic Programming III" by Koza et
al, which I review in the next issue of "PC AI" magazine. In that book,
GP is described which evolves circuitry which duplicates patented
designs- clearly a demonstration of human-quality invention.

We would need more information about your co-worker's claim to make
anything of it.

Will Dwinnell
predictor@compuserve.com

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