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CyberSym

A simulation/visualization developed with Dan Taeyoung for the Cybernetics Conference Library.

Dan and I developed this simulation as a way to close the loop between the Cybernetics Conference Library, the speakers, and the attendees. We envisioned the loop as:

Attendee badges had a QR code on them which uniquely assigned them a planet in the simulation. Their planet accumulates procedurally-generated debris based on the books they check out using their QR code.

We extracted all questions from the books we had the full text for, then curated the best questions from this pool by hand. When a book is checked out, we add the questions from that book into the pool of questions the Galaxy view displays, which is projected during Q&As.

The Library effort was led by David Hecht and Sarah Hamerman, and the Conference itself was organized by many, including Melanie Hoff, Sam Hart, Alexis Convento, Irene Alvarado, Austin Smith, Callil Capuozzo, and many volunteers and partners. The full credits are on the Conference site.

The final triptych
The final triptych
A planet
A planet
Another planet
Another planet
Another planet
Another planet
Galaxy view: displays questions from checked-out books
Galaxy view: displays questions from checked-out books
Orrery view: displays attendee planets in orbit
Orrery view: displays attendee planets in orbit
The simulation in the Library
The simulation in the Library
The Library during the conference
The Library during the conference
QR code badges
QR code badges
Before planets, we had the "Plane of Monuments"
Before planets, we had the "Plane of Monuments"
Early populated planet prototype
Early populated planet prototype

Early predator-prey model via Dan's Grasshopper magic