Applications of AI to Problems in Social Science
"Fortunately, in the real world, it's pretty hard to overthrow a democracy and introduce a totalitarian regime, just to see what happens. Likewise, you can't mess with the rules of kinship or the rate of inflation on a whim. But that's not to say sociologists, anthropologists and economists wouldn't like to try. And that's why the rapid growth of virtual worlds, from Second Life to World of Warcraft, is such an exciting prospect for researchers in these fields."
- from Virtual worlds: Perfect for studying humans? New Scientist Technology Blog by Will Knight, online technology editor (July 30, 2007).