We've been hosting a series of informal engineering-focused talks at Kickstarter and a couple of weeks ago we invited NYU professor, prolific backer, and Kickstarter creator Dan Shiffman to come talk about his book, "The Nature of Code", which raised 631% of its goal thanks to 1,189 backers.
In Dan's highly entertaining talk, he took us through some great examples of what you can do with genetic algorithms. If you're at all interested in evolutionary science, simulations, or just want a great crash course in genetic algorithms, we highly recommend you take a peek:
Dan's also done a great job open sourcing the book — he's licensed it under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial license, but in addition, has made its entire full source material available on GitHub. Even better, Dan's been merging in pull requests as readers suggest edits and additional examples.
We couldn't be happier to have him as part of the community!