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Ken Ramos



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 03, 2006 6:06 pm    Post subject: Slime Molds, did you know... Reply with quote

that they have been used in the application of making video games! Surprised Read about it here , last paragraph at the bottom of the page. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 03, 2006 6:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hhmm... I remember reading flock-of-bird equations when they were first published, about 30 years ago, and it's odd but I can't recall a thing about slime molds in those articles. Ah well, I forget so much these days... Confused

However, I have no doubt that the equations are the same, and the story does make a nice position of prominence for the myxo's, even if it is a bit apocryphal. Laughing

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 03, 2006 7:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That would explain my son's bedroom... it must have escaped!
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 03, 2006 7:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I did a bit more tracking down, and it seems that the story is correct. See http://www.simonsays.com/content/book.cfm?tab=1&pid=410897&agid=2 , which says that Segel and Keller published a seminal paper on modeling slime mold in 1969. That would be just a few years before I first saw flock-of-birds animation at a SIGGRAPH conference.

Cool! I can hardly wait to tell my gaming friends about some of the origins of their amusement. Cool

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 03, 2006 7:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A very informative piece there Rik, a very good and interesting read indeed. Very Happy That really makes my interest in these creatures to grow even more. To think something like the lowely slime mold may hold a myrid of technological possibilites for the future. Biomathmatics, never realized such a thing existed but then again... Think Very Happy I never have been good at math...of any kind Sad .
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 03, 2006 8:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I remember reading about the bird stuff around 1977 or so...Interesting that it applies to other things as well.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 03, 2006 9:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

isn't it essentially "game of life" type equations which should work in this case.
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