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Reearch into virtual environments on the one hand and artificial intelligence and artificial life on the other has largely been carried out by two different groups of people with different preoccupations and interests, but some convergence is now apparent between the two fields. Applications in which activity independent of the user takes place -involving crowds or other agents -are beginning to be tackled, while synthetic agents, virtual humans and computer pets are all areas in whichdoi:10.1080/088395100117142 fatcat:5sxribikvjhe7c5tbm2llgias4