Random mutation is the key to resilience and it opens pathways that have exponential benefits that last over time.
I’ve always had many projects and endeavours on the go and I think I’ve finally found the perfect excuse to continue on: they serve as a “random mutation”.
When you do the same things all the time, you end up with the same result. Picking up weird and fringe projects is a great way to add a little “random mutation” in your life, which can lead to exponential results down the road.
In sum, a random mutation is exposure to something new:
It could be even simpler:
To illustrate, here’s a very simple implementation of a neural net at play:
Because everything is random, sometimes nothing eventful happens. Refresh this page for a new random set of “creatures.”
When we play the scenario, we hope at least one of the “creatures” starts moving north. As long as it reaches north, you’ll see it replicate over and over. Each replicate is a copy of its parent, with a tiny random mutation. As a result, some of them actually mutate to be slower (or move away from the “replica zone”), but these will quickly get out-paced by the ones that mutated in the direction of the reward.
Very strangely, this will be the case for any given goal whose reward is replication. Assuming one of “creatures” can make it to the goal once, you are certain to see a herd of successful “creatures” within just a few generations.
For example, imagine the case where the north/south borders meant “death” and the east/west meant “replication”. Only the “creatures” that move in the east/west directions would thrive, and any mutations that include north/south would not make it (even if they were part of the “successful” line).
Interesting. I guess I’ll continue on with my “random”, “last-minute” projects. The source code is fairly approachable and embedded on this page; have a look in the developer console for more! 👻
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