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Michael Chang
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About 3.5 billion years ago the first multi-cellular life-forms emerged. Individual cells that once competed directly against one another formed alliances. This allowed cells to specialize creating highly complex mechanisms such as neural networks and muscle fibers. From this point on evolution gave life a phenomenal diversity of designs. Some perform better than others, and thus are allowed to give offspring. This selection process is also known as Darwin's Theory of Evolution.

Can we take advantage of this same process to design mechanical forms? After all, nature has been doing so for billions of years and we are living proof of its profound effect: the emergence of properties not suggested by their constituents. The process of evolution has "designed" mechanisms that could swim, hop, camouflage, and sense. It even allowed a regular three pound chunk of matter properties of self-awareness.

Morphology aims to explore the concepts of artificial evolution in detail, and on a broader scope the concept of emergence. It is an independent study developed in UCLA D|MA by Michael Chang under the supervision of Prof. Casey Reas. The entire project was researched and executed over a ten-week stretch. All programming elements were written and compiled with Processing.

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