The Darwinian algorithm works in theory, but does not work in practice, when applied in the domain of software production.
As with early AI, the claims are inflated, unsupported, and the solutions do not scale to real world problems. Perhaps an EA “winter” is long overdue.
From the early 1950s, multiple well-documented attempts to make Darwin’s algorithm work on a computer have been published.
A number of seminal papers have been published attempting to formalize Darwin’s biological theory from the point of view of computational sciences.
Software engineers are trained in design principles, and also have real experience of how complex functional systems appear and change constructively.