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They call it 'natural selection' - I call it fuzzing.

By  Oct 6, 2007


The Economist is running an article on innovation and how "The inventor’s trial-and-error approach can be automated by software that mimics natural selection." This originally caught my attention because one person used this approach to build an...

...entirely new type of antenna that did not infringe upon Cisco's patent. However, as I read the article, it was pretty easy to see how these inventors are basically using fuzzing techniques to find solutions they would not have originally thought of, or would have take a long time to discover.

I just found it interesting that the same techniques and tactics that the security industry uses to find problems and bugs, the science community uses to find solutions! Perhaps we should re-examine the concept of fuzzing and see if we can also use it to make our software stronger and more efficient!

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