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Recently Boing Boing decided to deep-link through to audio of the Douglas Adams Speech at Biota II. Whilst this was an important speech, it is disappointing that bandwidth was taken from the site without passing on the contemporary development of Biota.org. I have changed the related deep links to highlight;
Biota.org's interviews are now in audio format with the Biota.org PodCast
Long-time Biota.org contributor, Gerald de Jong, releases the new version of Fluidiom, Darwin At Home
biota.org interviews physicist Mathijs Romans
biota.org interviews the new Alife development ALES' Team
biota.org interviews Alife researcher Todd Furmanski
A new mailing list has been set up to discuss the future directions of biota.org. To join;
biota.org interviews Alife academic Andrew Phelps
biota.org interviews Alife artist Joseph Nechvatal
biota.org interviews Alife author and philosopher Franco Malingri
biota.org interviews Biots creator Joe Rheaume
biota.org interviews AIPlanet creator Dave Kerr
Karl Sims' Evolved Virtual Creatures Now on Archive.org
Carrying on from last month's news, there is an Important News page relating to the ...AtHome projects.
Following extensive debate through the Darwin@Home mailing list, the Darwin@Home project with solidified objectives was renamed Biota@Home. This sub-project of Biota.org has a draft white paper online to explain more. The final white paper will also be posted at the same link.
This month saw the launch of Darwin@Home by Bruce Damer at USC. Darwin@Home is the first major Biota.org project in recent years.
Top on Tom's list of priorities, having updated all the links on the site, is to encourage ALife developers to submit new projects, papers and interviews to Biota.org.
Biota mourns the passing of Stephen Jay Gould who we remember for his contributions to the public understanding of evolution and for his personal encouragement of our first conference in 1997, the Digital Burgess.
It was a wonderful life, Dr. Gould!
In memory of Douglas Adams
Is there an Artificial God? - Douglas Adams' speech at Digital Biota 2, Cambridge UK
Queen awards Millennium Honour to Cyberlife's creator, January 2000
Steve Grand was awarded the OBE in the New Year's Honours List.
For those of you unfortunate enough not to be British, OBE stands for Officer of the Order of the British Empire, and is a medal of achievement awarded by the Queen, on the recommendation of the Prime Minister. Admittedly there's not much British empire to be an officer of, these days, but it's quite an honour and comes at a really appropriate time for Steve and his technology vision - marking the transition between the old and the new in more ways than one. Steve is delighted to be able to add OBE to the letters after his name, supplementing his GCSE in Woodwork and a Bronze Swimming Certificate. The investiture ceremony will be some time during the year, and we'll let you know how it goes. Steve in a morning suit is a sight to behold!