Although people sometimes use the word "evolution" when it comes to technology — the typewriter "evolved" into the keyboard on your smartphone screen, for instance — they generally mean it as a metaphor. There are no mutations in innovations, no natural selection helping a device make more versions of itself. But according to MIT researchers, the way the modern violin's sound holes came to be is nothing short of technological evolution. They didn't come about by design, but by generations of design accidents.
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Written by Ashley Hamer December 19, 2017
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