I’m a member of the Grey Thumb, an organization of people interested in artificial life and artificial intelligence. Many of our members are hobbyists who work on various non-academic ALife software projects. I wonder if it might be useful to open up a dialog between academic and hobbyist artificial society developers to share ideas and perhaps lead to collaboration.
Grey Thumb website: http://www.greythumb.org
I personally work on an open source project called the Mars Simulation Project, which is a simulation of future human settlement on Mars. It’s an agent based artificial society.
Mars Simulation Project: http://mars-sim.sf.net
I haven’t really been in contact with any academic artificial society projects and I wonder how much our project has “reinvented the wheel” on social simulation modeling and user interface concepts. Perhaps there’s something we’ve come up with that would be useful to other developers as well.