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from Brainworks
  • This was the first system I built in pursuit of Vivarium Project goals, and it was largely based on Vehicles by Valentino Braitenberg.
from goddinpotty/TODOs
  • TODO Vivarium Project page has colors inverted in the graph
    • Ah this is because Vega assigns colors in order.
from Stewart Brand
  • Stewart was a visiting something-or-other at the Media Lab when I was a graduate student, and an unofficial advisor to the Vivarium Project. I am quoted a couple of times in his book about the Media Lab.
from Vivarium (2019)
  • The only reason I watched it was my affiliation, long ago, with the Vivarium Project. There weren't a whole lot of thematic reasonances, other than both were about forms of artificial life. But the older vivarium had the goal of allowing learners to create something that exhibits liveliness or at least models it. This movie was more of a horror story in which an imposed artificial system displaces, corrupts, parodies and destroys real life. Kind of a different vibe, although both play with the boundary between the living and the mechanical.
from Whole Earth Catalog
  • Here's the one time that I got a mention in Whole Earth Review for some of my Vivarium Project work, in 1989.
from Alan Kay
from Tools for Thought
  • By now it's a cliche. Apple for a time adopted a variant of this as its own vision and marketing slogan ("Bicycles for the mind"), and supported efforts that fit in with it like Hypercard and Vivarium Project, but those values were swamped by powerful market forces
    Why Steve Jobs killed Hypercard Loper OS http://www.loper-os.org/?p=568 – because end-user programming was antithetical to the business model
    – the fact is that most people aren't interested in that sort of thing and there's more money to made in entertainment and idle social chatter.
from Agency at the Media Lab
  • Because this was the Media Lab and because I've always hovered somewhere between the user interface design and language design ways of approaching things, I ended making a series of visual or semi-visual systems for building very simple models of agent-like behavior. Most of this work was done under the aegis of the Vivarium Project, an Apple-sponsored research program, directed by Alan Kay, which had the intent of inventing some new models for novice programming environments.

Vivarium Project

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