Virus Project 2.0
Nechvatal & Music2eye
Nechvatals 2001 Computer Virus Project 2.0 follows along the same
lines as previous viral works by Nechvatal in 1992 - works where an
unpredictable progressive virus operates on a degradation/transformation
of an image. Using a C++ framework, Joseph Nechvatal and his programmer/collaborator
Stephane Sikora have brought Nechvatals early computer virus project
into the realm of artificial life (A-Life) (i.e. into a synthetic system
that exhibits behaviors characteristic of natural living systems). With
Computer Virus Project 2.0, elements of artificial life have been introduced
in that viruses are modeled to be autonomous agents living in/off the
image. The project simulates a population of active viruses functioning
as an analogy of a viral biological system.
Virus Project 2.0 actively propagates viral attacks on image-files from
Nechvatals recent "ec-satyricOn 2000 (enhanced)+ bodies in
the bit-stream (compliant)" series. Here viral algorithms - based
on a viral biological model - are used to define evolutionary processes
which are then applied to image-files from Nechvatals "ec-satyricOn
2000 (enhanced)+ bodies in the bit-stream (compliant)" series.
Among the different techniques used here are models that result from
embodied artificial intelligence and the paradigm of genetic programming.