Scientists built an artificially intelligent ocean predator that behaves a lot like the original flesh-and-blood organism on which it was modeled. The virtual creature, Cyberslug, reacts to food and responds to members of its own kind much like the actual animal, the sea slug Pleurobranchaea californica, does.
Unlike most other AI entities, Cyberslug has a simple self-awareness. It relates its motivation and memories to its perception of the external world, and it reacts to information on the basis of how that information makes it feel. The model uses sophisticated algorithms to simulate Cyberslug's competing goals and decision-making.