Here's an idea from Samsung that combines artificial intelligence, The Sims and cellphones, and results in software that the company hopes will be able to feel, think, and even evolve and reproduce. According to team leader Professor Kim Jong-hwan of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, the software will have artificial chromosomes. Said Kim,
"A three-dimensional avatar will lurk inside the cell phone and adjust itself to characteristics of the cell phone carriers. It's just like a sophisticated creature living inside a cell phone. An owner will be allowed to set its first personality by defining the underlying DNA."
The personality of the avatar depends on how you treat it. Something about that term "lurk" is a bit disconcerting. It sounds like this artificial personality can get to be quite a pain in the ass, expressing its loneliness and pleading with its owner to attend to it. Can't you hear it now, whining: We never go anywhere, or You don t bring me flowers any more, or We never talk ? Well, there's always the on-off switch, or as a last resort, uninstall.
Samsung software interacts with phone owner [Textually.org]