I’ve been planning to go to the Maker Faire in Austin, Texas this October, and I’m surprised none of you are interested in going too. If you’re not familiar with the kind of stuff that’ll be there, here’s some videos showing the cool stuff at the first two faires.
Check out information about this years faire at http://www.makerfaire.com.
This story about evolutionary hardware design was indeed, as the URL indicates, a damn interesting read. The thing that struck me the most was that the design the evolutionary algorithm came up with didn’t work on other chips of the same type, just on the chip on which it evolved. The minute differences between different chips of the same type are negligible if their use is limited to things we currently understand, but if the only constraint is the laws of physics then the solutions that evolve are so complex and out of the ordinary that, were we to understand them, our advanced tools would probably seem like sticks and rocks.