Prototype Artificial Life Ecosystem

A simple start - A "Garden of Eden" with four Species
Caleb J. Howard  -  1999

After completing our work on the H.A.R.D. project, we retained a strong interest in the control systems which would give our system lifelike movements.  The above is a frame from a sequence of autonomously derived animation involving four distinct species with evolved morphology, and evolved motivational dynamics.  We set up a closed environment - bounded by inhospitable terrain on all sides, and containing an ecosystem centered on a single source of water upon which all species were dependent.  This forced encounters of all types, and interesting situations of survival arose, such as the tensions of predator and prey captured in this frame.