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Virtual Life: Virtual Pets, Virtual People, and Artificial Life Ecosystems

What is Virtual Life?

Virtual life is the computer simulation of life. Instead of flesh and bones, the creatures are made up of algorithms and bytes. Many different aspects of virtual life exist. Some of these include virtual pets, virtual people, and artificial life ecosystems. Depending on the particular simulation, these virtual life creatures are capable of learning, eating, reproducing, evolving, and even carrying on a dialogue with you.

Virtual Pets

Virtual pets are one aspect of virtual life. These virtual pets can learn, and often times even simulate emotions such as hunger, anger, fear, happiness, and love. The Tamagotchi keychain is an example of a virtual pet. It requires food and nuturing - lack of can kill it.

Virtual People

Virtual people are another aspect of virtual life. These virtual people also simulate emotions. The Sims is an example of virtual people; these virtual people require food and rest, and develop emotional bonds with each other. Sometimes, as in The Sims Online, these virtual people can even have virtual pets of their own.

Artificial Life Ecosystems

Artificial life ecosystems are another aspect of virtual life. Frequently, the artificial/virtual life in these ecosystems compete with each other for food and mates, and due to this competition successive generations evolve to become more 'fit' than their predecessors. This evolution of the artificial/virtual life organisms can involve both their morphology (form) and neurons (behavior).

Artificial Intelligence

Virtual life has a strong grounding in artificial intelligence. The neural networks in artificial intelligence is what gives your virtual pet dog Fido the ability to learn over time. The path searching algorithms of artificial intelligence is what gives the artificial/virtual life organisms on your screen saver the ability to traverse through their surroundings. And the language parsing and speech synthesis of artificial intelligence is what gives your virtual life friend Suzie the ability to talk with you.

 

Purpose of this Virtual Life website

One purpose of this Virtual Life website is to inspire you to the field of virtual life by introducing you to various examples of virtual life including virtual pets, virtual people, and artificial life ecosystems. As such, sections exist entitled "Virtual Pets", "Virtual People", "Static Ecosystems", and "Dynamic Ecosystems".

Another purpose of this website is to help educate you to the field of virtual life by introducing you to some useful links to papers, books, tools, and other websites that involve artificial life, artificial intelligence, virtual pets, fractals, L-systems and much more.

To begin your tour of this virtual life website, proceed to the first section on Virtual Pets.

 

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