Krauss v. Meyer: Computer Algorithms as a Fair Model of Darwinian Processes?

You might have missed an overlap in Saturday’s debate, Meyer v. Krauss v. Lamoureux, with headlines in technology news. A computer algorithm, AlphaGo, has crossed a threshold, beating a champion player of the Chinese board game Go. In the debate, “What’s Behind It All? God, Science, and the Universe,” Lawrence Krauss adduced such feats as support for algorithms as a fair model of Darwinian processes. To Meyer’s objection that a program requires a programmer, Krauss responded that the software in question “did not in fact require input from a programmer. It was a perfect example of natural selection.” What’s behind the exchange? From The Guardian: The computer programme that defeated the world Go champion taught itself how to improve its game by playing millions of matches against itself, according to…


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