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Virtual Fish swim through Internet

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DaliLab Inc (short for Distributed Artificial Life) has started, a virtual internet fishtank. Like Napster, this takes advantage of connected nodes of computers, but instead of sharing files, you're sharing fascinating, realistic fish in a reef enviroment.

Unlike the average screensaver, the programmers of Dali have tried to create an artifical ocean enviroment, where fish can swim as they please across the internet, living, dieing and multiplying like real fish. There is even code set in for further generations' evolution and adaptation to avoid preditors and to find better places to swim.

True, it doesn't take a lot of smarts to be a fish, but this is another example of the vast changes in processing power in computers.
To download DaliWorld's fish program, go to the DaliWorld website



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So... if another user loses his connection while sharing fish, am I going to have to scoop his dead fish out of my computer? Can I write code for my own fish, say, a barracuda? I promise not to include that song by "Heart" in the final release...

Reality is not only stranger than we think, it's stranger than we CAN think!

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Can we make some DopeFish? (

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