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 The Virtual FishTank

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Date posted: 04/08/2004

Systems that combine virtual reality and artificial life are a mainstay of research labs (and gameworlds) all over the world. Now they're showing up in museums as a rainbow of fish.

The Museum of Science in Boston has "The Virtual FishTank", an underwater paradise without physical water, or physical fish. Instead, each creature is an A-Life creation which uses parameters and needs percentages to determine what it will do at any givewn moment.

The parameters they deal with are the same as obxserved for fish throughout the world - huunger, breeding desire, distance from other fish, et al. All of these are used, but each fish has a mind of its own, albeit limited in scope - each is individual, and goes its own way.

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