The Darwinian algorithm works in theory, but does not work in practice, when applied in the domain of software production.
It is theoretically possible that out of thousands of scientists working on evolutionary computation, all failed to correctly implement the Darwinian algorithm.
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.
In automobile evolution, for example (or in the evolution of software), as in the history of life, we see major new features appear suddenly.
Notice the footage from the Center’s home town of Seattle — and the natural tie-in to the software industry.