Artificial Intelligence Review

, Volume 38, Issue 1, pp 41-54

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On the origin of the evolutionary computation species influences of Darwin’s theories on computer science

  • J. Ignacio SerranoAffiliated withConsejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) Email author 
  • , M. Dolores del CastilloAffiliated withConsejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC)

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This paper presents a small sample of evidences of the direct and clear influence of the Darwin’s Theory of Evolution on the Computer Science field, putting the core seed of the well-known Evolutionary Computation and making Computer Science overcome some previous algorithmic limitations. The paper also shows how the more faithful to the Evolution Theory the algorithms, the better their performance and robustness, thus uncovering the crucial importance of the ideas collected in “On the Origin of Species” for the development of Computation and, indirectly through this, for the development of a great diversity of knowledge areas.


Evolutionary computation Genetic algorithms Darwinism Artificial life Bio-inspiration