Soft Computing and Computer Art

The question I ask of my research in a number of areas and of panels at Soft Computing Conferences:
"Given that much of soft computing relates to the use of words, and that words have many affective qualities, and that affect underlies cognition in human mental activity how important is Affective Computation to the future of Soft Computing?"
Not sure, let's play with visual images!

Soft Computing Techniques are used throughout many of my other research intrests (eg Data Mining, Cellular Automata, Cognitive Science).
A recent interest and still in its infancy is the automated generation of visual art. See Internet links.
I am using evolutionary algorithms as a framework to generate computer graphic images. (see example images below).
A problematic area is that of fitness functions.
A number of computer artists by-pass this problem by relying on human aesthetic judgement (whether explicit or implicit).
I am looking to develop a computer based aesthetic model (probably connectionist) as fitness function for the existing evolutionary framework.
This may eventually be linked to to the work on emotion and emergence.

Image 1: Automated generated from initial random sequence of simple operators
Sequence: logt( minus( logxor( (logcom y) (logcom (logxor 33 x))) logand( y (abs 245))))
Further GreyScale evolved image population Here

Expressions use combinations of the following:
 [abs expt inverse logt sin cos tan rand logcom]
 [plus minus multiplication division modulus remainder logand logor logxor]

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09 January 2003