SIMVeillance: San Jose is an art project by Katherine Isbister and Rainey Straus produced in collaboration with SIM consultant Chelsea Hash. The idea is two monitors inside the San Jose Museum of Art show the same live scene of the outside of the building. The difference is one shows the scene via a camera feed, while the other recreates the scene via The Sims 2 game engine. Each person is recreated as an avatar, and the virtual population grows throughout the duration of the exhibition. Seems like a cool idea, though it does bring back existential philosophical questions regarding the existence of everything, and then my brain explodes. Check it out for yourself and see what you think (just be careful about the brain exploding thing).
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