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Welcome to the Biota Podcast!

A collection of interviews, conference lectures and conversations with artificial life developers, academics and users.

Host/Contact: Tom Barbalet

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Nerd Obsessive Enterprises [August 9, 2019]

Anton has been porting Movable Feast Machine to the GPU. They discuss work waivers. Tom discusses what an iPhone app means. How about Patreon? Anton and Tom finish the podcast talking about Kickstarters too.

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Creating the Surroundings [August 5, 2019]

Tom welcomes back on Dr. Bruce Damer. Tom asks for Bruce's thoughts on the Wikipedia situation. Bruce talks about the Biota Institute in understanding the origin of life and a new company, Epsilonics. They discuss Tom Ray's criticism of artificial life for doing open ended simulation. What has Deepak Chopra provided in feedback to Bruce? Tom raises the idea that emergent complexity is the panacea for the media-centric world. Bruce talks about his responsibility to the issues impacting the planet.

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Galapagotchi with Gerald de Jong [July 6, 2019]

Gerald de Jong has been in and out of creating simulations over the past eight years but he's returned to work on Galapagotchi. Tom tries very hard to create distinctions between springs and tensegrity structures but Gerald isn't having any of it. Gerald gives a definition of Galapagotchi. How have Gerald's thoughts changed about artificial life in the past eight years? What's the distinction between water and land?

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Moveable Fiesta [June 28, 2019]

Tom welcomes on Professor David Ackley who introduces his interests in artificial life and how he developed Evolutionary Reinforcement Learning. Can this work map back into biology? What does it take to get this kind of cross disciplinary collaboration? Tom asks about Professor Ackley's motivation to put so much information on YouTube. How is this different to publicly accessible papers? Does it bring students to the field? Professor Ackley talks about the vision of a new computer architecture: the Moveable Feast Machine. Tom asks about Anton's work with a GPU-based Moveable Feast Machine. Is there a possibility to get slightly more complex artificial life running on the Moveable Feast Machine? Listen in to find out.

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Veritable Feast [June 7, 2019]

Anton returns to talk about Lenia, David H. Ackley's Movable Feast Machine. Tom and Anton do a deep dive into the many flavors of parallelism Tom has used with Noble Ape. Anton also likes GPU programming. If you would like to be on a Biota podcast, please get in contact with Tom - barbalet at the email address noted.

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GenePool Revisited [May 25, 2019]

Tom Barbalet welcomes back Jeffrey Ventrella to talk about his ongoing projects, GenePool and Wiggle Planet, with longtime co-developer, Brian Dodd. They talk about open source and Jeffrey's other projects: a book on fractal curves and taking artificial life to the traditional art world.

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Surviving Notability, Simulation as a Service and Self-Replicating Steam Engines [May 19, 2019]

Tom Barbalet welcomes back Tim Taylor to talk about how we communicate on the field of artificial life. They also discuss Tim's ideas on simulation as a service and Tim's new book on self-replicating machine discussions through history.

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Deletions, Simulation as a Service, ApeScript and the Curse [May 13, 2019]

Tom Barbalet talks with Anton Mikhailov on a variety of topics. Will they continue the podcast after the meeting? Time will tell.

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The Secret Life of Simulators and Bees [April 26, 2019]

Tom Barbalet talks with Anton Mikhailov about his bee simulation, moving it open source and some of the historical pitfalls in making artificial life your day job. If you would like to ask further questions and topics for Anton and Tom, please email barbalet at gmail dot com. We'd really appreciate the topics and feedback.

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Restarting the Biota Podcast [January 26, 2019]

Tom Barbalet is interested in restarting the podcast but he needs your help. barbalet at gmail dot com for more!

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Biota Interview: Stephan Rafler on Smoothlife [October 20, 2012]

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Biota Special: Dr. Bruce Damer [August 11, 2012]

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Biota Special: Roy Plotnick [July 30, 2012]

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Biota Live #77: Reboot [April 8, 2011]

   Tom Barbalet

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Biota Live #76: Bob Mottram [December 18, 2010]

   Bob Mottram
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:11:42

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Tom Barbalet at SRI [July 14, 2010]


   
Slides from the Talk
   Bob Mottram's Wiki
   Bob Mottram's Noble Ape Server
   Noble Ape Simulation
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 2:03:17

Jay Lemmon [November 26, 2006]

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 19:07

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Biota 2 Conference Audio

Douglas Adams

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