They’re Coming to Take Your Job

McDonald's Robot

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Face it: they really are going to take your job.

I’m not talking about immigrants, I’m talking about robots.  Unless civilization collapses, engineers will eventually figure out how to replace everyone with unpaid robots.  So what’s the least bad way to do it?

In this series, I’ll cover some of the main schools of thought about universal automation.  I’ll then describe the unrealistic ideal, what most people will actually do, and what the more selfless people on planet earth can do to make the domination of automation work out as well as practical.

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Testing Evolution – What My Results Mean

The elephant in the room

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I wrote a simulator to test evolution, so I could see who was right – my parents, or most scientists.  My parents were right.  Not only is evolution totally incapable of creating a man from an amoeba, but the very process that most scientists think causes evolution mostly causes devolution.  Given enough time and chance, we will devolve to extinction.  Even the research of evolutionary biologists shows very clearly that this is true.

How can this be?  Are my parents smarter than the many great scientists who believe in evolution?  Am I smarter, or do I have some hidden knowledge that they don’t?  No.  My parents aren’t idiots, but they’re not geniuses either.  And the things they know are far from secret – they’re published in the beginning of the best-selling book of all time.

While most scientists believe what their professors taught them about evolution, my parents believe the Bible.  The Bible says that God created the universe and life in 6 days, and then it was finished.  The Bible also says that all creation is “in bondage to corruption“.  It makes no exception for life.

The Bible says that those who willfully refuse to honor the living God – their maker – will, while “claiming to be wise”, become fools.  It even says that God supernaturally enhances this human tendency, by sending on such people a “strong delusion” as punishment.

And this is exactly what happens in real life.

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Testing Evolution – Opposing Evidence

Bar of Gold in the Balance

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I figured out how to test evolution, wrote an evolution simulator, ran it, and found that evolutionary biologists see the same results in actual living things. Now I’ll list some evidence I’ve found that, on the surface, contradicts my findings. I argue that the evidence for my simulator’s accuracy is far stronger than the evidence against. I found that in the long term, evolution isn’t the main thing that happens – devolution is, and devolution eventually leads to extinction.

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Testing Evolution – How to Tell if I’m Right

Theory and Reality

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I figured out how to test evolution, wrote an evolution simulator, and ran it. If my simulator is accurate, here are some things that should happen in living things.  I’d love to see how many of these have already been found.

EDIT: Here’s a link to my evolution simulator (project page)

Top 3 Phenomena that Should Happen in Living Things:

  1. Evolution
  2. Irreducible Complexity
  3. Devolution Leading to Extinction

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Testing Evolution – The Results

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I figured out how to test evolution, and I wrote an evolution simulator.  Here are the exact results I get when I run it, and some examples of the same phenomena from biology:

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Testing Evolution – How I Did It

Muller's Foundry Screenshot - A Mutant That's Better Than the Original

This is part of a series: Testing Evolution

I’m writing this post mainly for anyone who wants to make their own version of my evolution simulator, to prove to themselves that I really got it right.  I’ll still try to make it accessible to non-geeks.

I figured out how to test evolution, now it was time to actually do it.  In this post, I’ll describe in detail the way that I wrote my evolution simulator.

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Testing Evolution – How to Do It

Sketch by Leonardo da Vinci

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This post is mainly written for anyone who wants to duplicate my results.  I’ll try to make it accessible to non-geeks, but there are a lot of technical details.

Summary:

  • I used an evolution simulator to test evolution because that was the easiest way to do it with my skill set
  • My big insight: mutation and natural selection are, for lack of a better term, platform-independent
  • I clarify what exactly mutation and natural selection are, and why I can do the same process to self-copying programs
  • I give examples of other evolutionary algorithms, to give an idea of what most of their authors’ goals are and how they write them
  • I list the main differences between my algorithm and most evolutionary algorithms
    1. They do artificial selection, while mine does natural selection
    2. They usually make their creatures a collection of settings or useful attributes, while I made mine actual programs written in a general-purpose programming language
    3. They mutate as few things as practical, while mine mutates the entire creature’s source code
    4. They reward small, but insignificant improvements, while mine only rewards changes that significantly improve a creature’s ability to spread its genes
    5. They put the creature copier in the simulator, while I put it in each creature

I wanted to test Atheism by testing evolution, but I needed to decide how.

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