Sussex University's Centre for Computational Neuroscience and Robotics is applying evolutionary algorithms to chip design, giving a processor the ability to reconfigure itself to find the optimal configuration for a task. Known as Field Programmable Gate Arrays, the chips are covered in transistors called logic gates that can connect and disconnect dynamically to any other cell on the chip. The design could also allow computers to upgrade by downloading a set of instructions. VNUNet reports that even the scientists who have designed the evolutionary algorithms admit they don't understand how they work in reality.
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