Eliza, Computer Therapist, in javascript

I just looked at Eliza, the computer therapist, which produces a sort of parody of a therapist, throwing your comment back as questions, etc. Im amazed to find it is entirely written in Javascript – see the source for the page. The javascript contains the marvellous comment: // Fake time thinking to allow for user…

The singularity and simulation

Ray Kurzweil has a new book coming out so thereve been a lot of interviews with him. Odd that he never seems to mention simulation, when it is so relevant to his case. Kurzweil argues (eg in a recent New Scientist interview) that the rate of change or growth in human society is accelerating expnentially.(“Between…

Rent-an-avatar

Ive been playing with Sitepal, which allows you to add a talking avatar to your own site. Too expensive for me (between $10 and $50 per month, depending on functionality) but a good example of what is available. According to its website, Sitepals avatars come with a range of shapes and voices, can read from…

Virtual plagues

Alice Taylors Wonderland blog mentions a virus that is spreading through the World Of Warcraft game. Apparently it is mimicing the behaviour of a real (ie human) virus. According to another blog Alice quotes, the plague spreads through corrupted blood, and “Some servers have gotten so bad that you cant go into the major cities…

Schneier on Security: Research in Behavioral Risk Analysis

An intriguing entry on Bruce Schneiers always stimulating blog covers research which seems to be simulation in all but name. What it is called doesnt matter, but is there an overlap situation here? Simulation researchers may already be looking at some of these issues. Bruce says: “Interdependent security (IDS) games model situations where each player…