Study: Evolution may be smarter than previously thought

SOUTHAMPTON, England, Dec. 18 (UPI) — New analysis suggests evolution is more sophisticated, intelligent and capable than previously thought.Researchers at the University of Southampton, in England, say their latest work shows the process of evolution is able to learn from previous experience — allowing natural selection to better anticipate future benefits and produce intelligent designs. The new understanding is made possible by a unique approach to theoretical analysis, whereby two seemingly disparate systems or theories are bridged. In this instance, scientists aimed to compare, contrast and unify the theory of evolution with learning theories, like those that describe the secrets of neural networks or the deep-learning algorithms used to design artificially intelligent systems and robots. Researchers say drawing formal analogies between the two theories can help them see how patterns…

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