Silver Island Bunker Trail - Hike Like a Bot! (2007)

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Portuguese, EspaƱol, und Deutsch Translations: silverisland.paintersflat.net

The Silver Island Mountain Range is in the arid and barren Great Salt Lake desert in North America. The mountain range is called an "island" because it is surrounded by the salt flats and muds of the ancient Pleistocene era lake Bonneville, now dry in this area. The nearby cities of West Wendover, Nevada, and Wendover, Utah, are bisected by the border between the two states. West Wendover never sleeps, featuring many casinos, adult distractions and reasonably priced hotel rooms. Wendover Utah features the historic Wendover Air Field, an industrial landscape focusing primarily on mineral extraction, aviation, military uses, and the facilities and exhibit halls of the Center for Land Use Interpretation. (www.clui.org)

Using the Open Source C5 Landscape Database API, paintersflat.net used a "virtual hiker" (a generative computer algorithm) to identify a hiking path across the island between two abandoned World War Two ...

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Portuguese, EspaƱol, und Deutsch Translations: silverisland.paintersflat.net

The Silver Island Mountain Range is in the arid and barren Great Salt Lake desert in North America. The mountain range is called an "island" because it is surrounded by the salt flats and muds of the ancient Pleistocene era lake Bonneville, now dry in this area. The nearby cities of West Wendover, Nevada, and Wendover, Utah, are bisected by the border between the two states. West Wendover never sleeps, featuring many casinos, adult distractions and reasonably priced hotel rooms. Wendover Utah features the historic Wendover Air Field, an industrial landscape focusing primarily on mineral extraction, aviation, military uses, and the facilities and exhibit halls of the Center for Land Use Interpretation. (www.clui.org)

Using the Open Source C5 Landscape Database API, paintersflat.net used a "virtual hiker" (a generative computer algorithm) to identify a hiking path across the island between two abandoned World War Two era bunkers, one on the West shore of the Silver Island Range, the other on the East shore. The virtual hiker implements the A* algorithm, an artificial intelligence path finding algorithm often used in computer games, executed over digital elevation model data describing the terrain as a friction surface. The algorithm produced a Global Positioning System tracklog file, which was uploaded to a GPS device, allowing Brett Stalbaum and Paula Poole to be the first to hike the very traversable trail on March 26th, 2007 and possibly allowing them to become the first people ever to traverse a real landscape as an artificially intelligent game bot would cross it.

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