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By Mary Fitzgerald   April 2010

This creature is not a character from Disney’s Finding Nemo, nor a refugee from the film Avatar. It is The Protospone Mex: a “semi-autonomous software entity” created by renowned artist and biologist Louis Bec.

It was made as part of the EU-funded Alterne Project, which brings together artists, scientists and computer programmers to investigate how virtual reality technology can help improve our understanding of both human and artificial life.

Bec, who was born in Algiers in 1936 and now lives in France, started researching new life forms several decades ago. The Protospone Mex, and many others like it,…

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