originally posted by: TzarChasm
AI that plays computer games. isnt that called an NPC?
Or a .. bot?
Ooh, a QUAKE (three, judging from the picture, not the original) being played by an artificial intelligence!
Never seen THAT before... (rolling eyes would be fitting right about here)
I mean, there have been bot-players for a LONG time, what's so interesting about that?
An A.I. that plays basically the simplest video games on a SEVENTIES video game console - why is that supposed to be impressive? Those games are VERY
simple, they require NO intelligence whatsoever, they are mostly just REFLEX-tests.
So, he figured out a tactic (by mechanical trial-and-error) in each game to optimize the score. That doesn't require intelligence, it just requires
repetitively just playing it until you have seen practically all possible outcomes and variations.
Again, those are very simple games, mostly you just need to have good relexes to excel in them. They are not anything you need intelligence for.
If the A.I. can complete adventure games, like Maniac Mansion, The Secret of Monkey Island, and so on, then it might be interesting. As long as it's
not doing it by trial and error. I mean, trying every single command and object with every single other object and background object that's
usable/operatable. That's not INTELLIGENCE.
So, it leans from errors, but so does a simple brute-force-algorithm. It won't try to same combination twice, if it knows the result was not
What's so advanced about it trying 3D games anyway? Haven't we have skilled bots that play a lot like humans in games like Unreal Tournament and
Quake 3 anyway, for AGES? (I think I had them even in Unreal and Quake 1, with some tweaking, of course).
Playing simple games that work inside a computer already, is not interesting.
Make it intelligent enough to solve all the world's financial problems for the poor, or to solve the problems of North Korea without injuring or
murdering anyone, and I will probably be interested. This is just another yawn-inducing supposedly advanced technology.
So, it can learn from its mistakes. That's the only interesting part, and even that's not THAT interesting, considering how excruciatingly long it
took for it to learn to play pong. Just look at those amounts - hundreds of hours, and THEN it can play?
How long does it take for a four-year-old kid to learn to play a simple game, like that?
Back to the drawingboard...
This is exactly like those ASIMO videos - a robot that looks like its constantly constipated, and doesn't move anything like a human would, and that
falls from stairs without having reflexes to at least try to stop the fall, 'running' around in a really slow and unnatural-looking way is just not
Create a robot that can complete a complex TAI CHI sequence with such a grace and delicate movements that face masked, it's impossible to tell it
apart from an experienced TAI CHI master, and I will probably be interested.
But a huge-bottomed robot, walking slowly, LIKE A ROBOT, is not that interesting. When a robot can be programmed to be as good a Martial Artist as
Bruce Lee was by showing it Bruce Lee movies and letting it read Bruce Lee's books, then I will probably find it incredibly interesting.
These extremely tiny 'steps' are just NOT interesting.
This robot would definitely fail the Turing test, but the flaw in that test, of course, is that the humans on the other end should be relatively
knowledgeable, intelligent, and perhaps even wise. If you put some moronic hicks to talk with it, I am sure even a simple modern A.I. would pass the