03-10 Creature


  • Viewings
  • Techniques
  • Work Session

Viewings on Virtual Creatures


  • Behaviors, not appearance. Simulations of physics, tropisms, and intelligence.
  • Vocabularies of interaction and operation. What can the user, do?
  • Meanings made through contexts of presentation and use.

Let’s consider some cats. 

Next, a worm. 

Caenorhabditis elegans is one of the simplest organisms with a nervous system: a worm with a brain containing only 302 neurons. As of 2012, it was the only organism to have its connectome (neuronal “wiring diagram”) completely simulated in code, in the OpenWorm project. In 2016, School of Art BFA student Zach Rispoli used the OpenWorm brain code to create C. Elegans Destroys Its Own Bedroom (class project).


Other / Time Permitting:


Smooth out a noisy raw signal (for example, from a sensor) by computing a running average:

smoothed = (0.9 * smoothed) + (0.1 * noisy);

Smoothly change the frequency of a periodic signal (or noise):