Playing God – making worlds populated with agents

Today we gave a lunchtime seminar as part of the IT Learning Programme’s ‘make’ series. These lunchtime talks are informal and stress creativity and exploration.  We presented agent-based modelling and Modelling4All as a way to ‘play god’ in that one creates a universe, populates it, and then the computer brings it to ‘life’. We showed and discussed lots of sample models. I demonstrated how one can build Schelling’s Segregation model in the Behaviour Composer (using only generic micro-behaviours!). A nice discussion followed. Course description is here:

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