05 May 1997 15:22

He marvelled at the fact that cats had two holes cut in their fur at precisely the spot where their eyes were.
---G. C. Lichtenberg, Aphorisms G26
What, exactly, does it mean for something to "adapt"? What kinds of adapters (adaptors?) are there, and how do they adapt? (Darwin Machines are one sort; Bernard Machines another.) How good are they at it? How do they improve? Is it a good idea to make machines adapters? How about buildings?