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A great deal of effort has been expended to design artificially intelligent systems by replicating human behaviors. The primary focus of this effort has been on replicating behavioral patterns with obvious survival benefits - the ability to navigate through a world, to gather resources, etc. In addition, researchers have preferred projects that are easy to replicate with computers - abilities relating to precision, repeatability and rapid processing. However, there are a great number of human behaviors that lack obvious survival benefits, and that may not lend themselves at first glance to computational implementation. For example, dreaming, adherence to false beliefs and social stereotyping are common human behavioral patterns that do not clearly lead to food, clothing or shelter (although it is certainly possible to tell convincing "Just So" stories about the value of each of these behaviors). As a hybrid artist/scientist, I seek to create interactive computational systems that shed light on these areas, as both artistic undertaking and scientific research.

Recent Submissions

  • 2006 Rockefeller New Media Foundation Proposal 

    Tomlinson, Bill (2009-06-11)
    The EcoRaft Project is an interactive installation about the process ofrestoration ecology - the study of the regeneration of ecosystems. In the installation, three large computer monitors act as virtual islands ofhabitat ...
  • 2007 Rockefeller New Media Foundation Proposal 

    Tomlinson, Bill (2009-03-31)
    The Somnolescent Intelligence installation enables people to interact with a virtual world, and in particular with an autonomous animated character who has simple computational dreams. This character, called the Dreamer, ...


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