Artificial life principles as applied to serviced apartment kitchens
It is a strange fact of serviced apartments that their kitchens are “fully equipped” in the sense that Coles is “where Masterchefs shop”.
Drawers and cupboards seem to be populated at random from the kitchenware shelves of Crazy Charlies. You may have an egg whisk but no grater, or four vegetable peelers but no chopping board (a recent experience).
So is the stocking of the kitchen truly random? I have a different theory. In my view, much as Douglas Adams believed about ballpoint pens and coat hangers, the residents of kitchen cupboards evolve.
Think about it. You have the perfect conditions for evolution:
* a complex initial state (drawers full of gadgets)
* an environment conducive to change (gadgets are easy to add to and remove from)
* multiple iterations of change in controlled conditions (successive tenants and the kitchen inventory).
I have to believe that natural selection is occurring, because it seems impossible for a typical kitchen inventory (of my experience) to have been deliberate.
The only alternative is intelligent design. However I cannot believe in an intelligent design that provides the new resident with three blue mugs and one pink one, three sizes of frying pan and no saucepan.