24 July 2005

Artificial culture

Scientists across several European universities are working on creating a simulated computer environment, a la The Sims or the upcoming Spore, whose AI inhabitants will create their own culture and language. Although their intent is to study the basic processes of language and culture, some scientists feel that an artificial environment will only illuminate artificial processes. There's always value with simulations as long as the relationship and bounds of the simulation's rules and those of the real world are understood.

At the very least, the experiment will be interesting as an accomplishment of NLP and AI programming.

[ posted by sstrader on 24 July 2005 at 3:09:57 PM in Programming ]