Applied Research - officially formed in late 1998, although it probably existed well before then - was the division of Cyberlife tasked with developing concrete commercial and government aplications of artificial life. Its main development platform was called Origin.
It seems likely that the division did not have significant success, although it is known that both the Ministry of Defense and NCR both funded pilot projects with Origin. This was probably due to a number of factors:
- Novelty: Cyberlife was doing something that hadn't really been done before, and which wasn't well understood, so nobody knew what to make of it or how to use it
- Lack of experience with the target market: Millennium/Cyberlife was a games company, not a think-tank, and so probably knew little of how to sell "solutions" to big business . . . let alone what solutions to create
- Lack of applications: it was hard enough trying to build Origin itself, yet the platform was useless on its own
- Lack of time: investors were looking for quick returns, while at the same time the business they were looking to attract tended to go to well-established companies