Artificial life refers to all the methods that try to recreate living organisms and creatures by computers. Virtual reality is the immersion of human beings in virtual worlds. This landmark book demonstrates artificial life in virtual reality. It introduces new concepts such as artificial consciousness, presence, autonomy and perception. Includes 12 color pages.
The technology which once produced the first synthetic human today includes the simulation of human behaviour processes, associated with consciousness and the emotions. When a computer creates artificial life, its synthetic creatures demonstrate the behaviour patterns of real living beings. This book investigates the technological advances which allow artificial life to be placed within a virtual setting, where the human user can meet and interact with synthetic beingspeople, animals or plantsin a complete simulation of the real world. It introduces new concepts such as artificial consciousness, artificial presence, artificial autonomy and artificial perception; and discusses important results in the development of immersive and auditory virtual environments, and co-operative work.