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Posted 2005-07-14 by Tony Walsh
A new virtual world promises to provide Sea-Monkey-style entertainment to science-nerds. The NEW-TIES project, which involves artificially-intelligent agents rather than human-controlled avatars, is based on a peer-to-peer computer platform on a scale "beyond any existing state-of-the-art social simulation," whatever that means. The NEW-TIES project launches September 1, 2005 with the intention of developing an artificial society with its own communication system and methods of cooperation.

The offical site contains few details on the project, but reports that NEW-TIES will support only 1000 avatars across 50 computers (I assume the system scales infinitely), that agents will need to "eat" to survive, and can reproduce with opposite-sex avatars to produce offspring with inherited traits. Most curious is the ability of agents to communicate by pointing at objects and generating random words to form the basis of a new language. Doesn't sound much different from the average teenager. There's no word yet on whether or not the computerized agents can murder each other. Hey, if they can breed, they should be able to bleed.
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