Monday, August 08, 2005
Japanese researchers have pioneered a new steering system that can be applied to other people. By applying a current to the muscle behind the ear, researchers can confuse the inner ear's system for balance and control.
Watch the video
Read the full article at Forbes
I just received the call for the VIDA competition. Prize money of 40 000 euros is at stake...
"VIDA 8.0 is the seventh edition of this international competition, created to reward excellence in artistic creativity in the field of artificial life.
In previous editions, prizes have been awarded to autonomous entities able to bring us pleasure (Tickle 2.0, Tickle Salon 5.0), engage us in irrational conversations (Head 3.0) or invade our social space (Cour des Miracles 2.0); virtual ecologies that evolve with user participation (Autopoiesis 3.0, Electric Sheep and Remain in Light 4.0), autonomous systems..."
Go to their site
Friday, August 05, 2005
Sunday, July 24, 2005
"Google Earth combines satellite imagery, maps and the power of Google Search to put the world's geographic information at your fingertips," explains the Google Earth website. It builds on a combination of mapping, GIS and satellite imagery to build a comprehensive 3d interface that covers the globe. Both useful and frightening at the same time...
Google Earth site
One of his recent art exhibitions: Viral Counter Attack
An interview with him: click here.
His bio: click here
Thanks to the Biota list for this info.
Tuesday, July 19, 2005
Kids and Virtual Worlds - full article
Science education portal: www.xplora.org.
Download a paper that Karl Sarnow and I wrote about Xplora here.
Wednesday, June 29, 2005
Tuesday, June 28, 2005
"Climateprediction.net is the largest experiment to try and produce a forecast of the climate in the 21st century." It uses GRID computing, so that the climate model is run on your computer during downtime - it runs by using your computer's processor power when you aren't. This one runs a model of global climate, first processing through past data and then moving into climate forecasts.
"Darwin Pond is an imaginary gene pool, a primordial puddle of genetic surprises. More technically, Darwin Pond is an Artificial Life Simulation: a virtual world exhibiting the emergence of life-like behaviors. But it's more than just a fun and informative thing to watch, you can participate in this artificial life simulation by building scenarios and setting up experiments," say the creators, Jeffrey Ventrella and Brian Dodd together with Rocket Science Games.
Visit the Darwin Pond site, with free download.
As Ariel Dolan says on his site, "eFloys (evolving Floys), are social, territorial, evolving artificial life creatures, implemented in Java.
They belong to the flocking Alife creatures variety, sharing with them the social tendency to stick together, and the lifelike emergent behavior which is based on a few simple, local rules. They differ from most other flocking Alife animals by having the following properties:
- Territorialism (they defend their territory against intruders)
- Potential individualism (each can possess a different personality)
- Ability to evolve (using a Genetic Algorithm code)."
Take a look here.