This time it's from project creator and ITP faculty, Dan Shiffman, who did a great Kickstarter project in 2011 for his Creative Commons-licensed "The Nature of Code" book which raised 6x of its goal, and is now available for purchase.
Some text-type commentary over some work in progress to explain a coding experiment in which I use facial recognition to measure the appearance of faces in random noisy meshes, to propel a genetic algorithm into breeding more face-like meshes. The 'genes' are the mesh vertex coordinates - strong genes get passed on to future generations, so that the population slowly evolves into heads scoring high on facial recognition - supposedly looking more and more like a recognisable face to humans too. The faces however can be disappointingly weak to human observation. I'm moving the project in another direction so this video is here to quickly document my attempts.
I have to credit Phil McCarthy for achieving something similar in 2012 using a hill climbing algorithm and 2D drawing. boingboing.net/2012/08/05/pareidoloop.html