Characters allows you to participate in the building of an online dictionary of names. You can add your own name/definition to it. You can also create new names/definitions through an evolutionary process.
This work came out of a series of questions I kept asking myself about how one's name relates to one's identity. What does a name tell about a person? Can a name influence the course of a life? How do names evolve through time? What differentiates names and nouns? The result isn't meant to be an answer to these questions whatsoever: it's more like another way to ask them.
The software is coded with standard web languages: HTML, CSS, PHP and MySQL. At its core lies a genetic algorithm that is able to mutate and crossbreed chains of characters. The complete source code is distributed under the Gnu GPL.
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project homepage: http://characters.tats.name
category: conceptual software
uploaded by tats, 25 Nov 2005