The Blind Man and The Genetic Algorithms + Neural Networks
But the most comic moment was when that guy turned to my friend, that also studies GA's and NN with me, and said: "Once I was rading the last chapter of a Neural Networks book and this last chapter is exactly the first one of my Phd Thesis. So, you, boy, that studies those things, would lose a job to me, if we have to compete to gain the job.".
Gosh, Its a little dificult to me believe that, so far, still there are those kind of thinking, almost 50 years has passed since the pioneer EC works from the 1950's and more than 40 years since the meeting of Ingo Rechenberg and Hans-Paul Schwefel at TUB. The same time is valid to John Holland and Lawrence Fogel. Once I was reading an Interview with David Goldberg in EvoWeb and he said that when he began to study GA's, the other persons saw him as joining some obscure religion and that his GA application to a pipeline gas was received with laughs in the review line of the Journal of Hydraulic Engineering. But it was almost 25 years ago. A similar situation happened with Hans-Paul Schwefel and Ingo Rechenberg when they got their degree at TUB and they were instructed to come back to study Fluid Dynamics or they would have to leave TUB. So, both decided to leave. But those facts happened a long time ago and I have some dificulties to understand how, so far, there are some persons that acts against GA's, NN and other Soft Computing approaches in the same way of those another persons that were against the pioneer GA's work.
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