Techwatch, May 13, 1996


Here's one way to spend $30 million: Fujitsu, rolling in cash from its profitable semiconductor and computer business, is investing that healthy sum to create an "artificial life" program for personal computers. The flashy new technology will one day let real-world humans breed E-world "creatures" that will help out with mundane computer tasks. Possible examples include byte-based Rottweilers that will fetch your electronic newspaper and virtual vultures that can nibble away at electronic "trash."

The first product to incorporate the technology is Fin-Fin, an animated dolphin/bird that bounces happily around your computer screen in response to whistles and hand...

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