Artistically, these Strandbeests are amazing, and a brilliant idea. But do they support “evolution” in the way Theo Jansen thinks they do? From Wikipedia:
Jansen has been creating Strandbeest (Dutch: strand=beach; beest=beast), wind-walking examples of artificial life, since 1990. What was at first a rudimentary breed has slowly evolved into a generation of machines that are able to react to their environment: “over time, these skeletons have become increasingly better at surviving the elements such as storms and water, and eventually I want to put these animals out in herds on the beaches, so they will live their own lives.”
Constructed as intricate assemblages of piping, wood, and wing-like sails, Jansen’s creations are constantly being improved and have become excellently adapted to their sandy beach environment.
Biological “improvement” assumes teleology and, thus, creative intentionality. Thoughts?