Life Simulation Repository
A compilation of interesting life simulation projects.
Blue Brain Project
“Reconstructing the brain piece by piece and building a virtual brain in a supercomputer—these are some of the goals of the Blue Brain Project.”
Conway’s Game of Life
“The Game of Life, also known simply as Life, is a cellular automaton devised by the British mathematician John Horton Conway in 1970.”
- Conway’s Game of Life at DMOZ
- Conway’s Game of Life by John Olsen
- John Horton Conway (Wikipedia)
“Daisyworld, a computer simulation, is a hypothetical world orbiting a star whose radiant energy is slowly increasing or decreasing. It is meant to mimic important elements of the Earth-Sun system, and was introduced by James Lovelock and Andrew Watson in a paper published in 1983 to illustrate the plausibility of the Gaia hypothesis.”
Note that there are several recreations of the Daisyworld simulation available online.
- Daisyworld wiki
- Biological homeostasis of the global environment: the parable of Daisyworld
- Spatial Daisyworld model
- James Lovelock
- Andrew Watson
- Gaia hypothesis
“virtual creatures constructed from complex networks of virtual brain cells and biochemical reactions and genes”
Developed by Steve Grand, creator of Creatures.
Human Brain Project - Simulation Platform
“The Brain Simulation Platform will use parallelised versions of the well-established Neuron, STEPS and NEST simulators and will exploit simulation workflows and tools developed by EPFL’s Blue Brain Project.”
“OpenWorm is an open source project dedicated to creating a virtual C. elegans nematode in a computer.”
“SimAnt: The Electronic Ant Colony is a 1991 life simulation video game by Maxis and Maxis’s third product, focusing on ants.”
“SimLife: The Genetic Playground is a computer game produced by Maxis in 1992. The concept of the game is to simulate an ecosystem; players may modify the genetics of the plants and animals that inhabit the virtual world. The point of this game is to experiment and create a self-sustaining ecosystem.”