Fantastic experiment and write up by Roger Alsing. Using an evolutionary algorithm, Roger wrote a programme that would attempt to paint the Mona Lisa using 50 transparent polygons. The “fitness” of each permutation was tested by comparing it pixel by pixel to the actual Mona Lisa. Wonderful.
Richard Dawkin’s “The Blind Watchmaker” is a fantastic book to read if you’re interested in evolution. I read it fairly recently; he writes a computer programme to simulate evolution and the results are fantastic. Worth a read.