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KnyteTrypper
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Posted - Oct 10 2006 :  10:55:54  Show Profile  Visit KnyteTrypper's Homepage  Send KnyteTrypper an AOL message  Click to see KnyteTrypper's MSN Messenger address  Send KnyteTrypper a Yahoo! Message
For those of you who don't know, the Creatures series is an incredible set of applications featuring semi-intelligent alife who live in their own virtual environment, thus satisfying many of the quandaries about an a.i.'s contextual identity which I see discussed here and elsewhere. Probably of greatest interest to members of a forum like this one are the facts that the Creatures use language and learn from experience, making them quite possibly the most complex and complete a.i. which I personally have discovered on the web. They don't do math or know all the state capitals, because they're not that kind of a.i. But as an a-life model should, they do know the things appropriate for a Creature to know. It stands so very much alone among the usual lot of virtual tadpoles in virtual petrie dishes that most of us associate with artificial life that one could almost wonder what time or planet the creators came here from. Further, the whole thing is presented as a cute game suitable for the more intelligent refugees from neopets who arrive looking for a better virtual pet, and often remain to become astounding digital geneticists.

Largely due to the efforts of the fanbase, the online version of Creatures, called Docking Station, is already beginning to impact the classroom. In an increasing number of science and bio classes in several countries on at least three continents, science teachers are being approached by the Creatures players in their schools who want to introduce them to this amazing application. In many cases teachers are finding it to be both more interesting and more educational than antfarms or goldfish, and less trouble to maintain than tame rats.

Tongue out of cheek now, here's a link to an impressive adaptation of this a.i/a-life simulation to the educational environment. The Creatures fan mom who left this link for others to peruse also wanted it to be known that this project won her daughter, a seventh-grader, first place at her school science fair.

http://creatures.treesprite.com/Fan/FloralSciProj.pdf


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hologenicman
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Posted - Oct 10 2006 :  17:41:26  Show Profile  Visit hologenicman's Homepage
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science teachers are being approached by the Creatures players in their schools who want to introduce them to this amazing application.

I love it! a revolt from within... That's an approach to integrating AI in the classroom that I never thought of. I had always pictured the teachers introducing the students to the AI and not visa versa. Goes to show, that that there are some pretty kool changes coming.

I'll deffinately check it out and introduce my own kids to it.

John L>
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we would be so simple that we couldn't..."
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