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posted by martyb on Thursday April 16 2020, @01:50AM   Printer-friendly
from the what-IS-intelligence,-anyway? dept.

Anything where we can install it and watch it change all by itself, improving upon itself and not just some random action but something which LEARNS.

[Ed. note: All of the preceding is exactly as received. AI has so many branches and sub-branches (twigs?) and has evolved greatly over the years. I suspect the submitter, like most of us, has seen numerous mentions of AI in the press: self-driving cars, natural language translation, Google's Deep Mind, IBM's Jeapordy-playing computer, object recognition... but knows not even where to begin. So, fellow Soylentils, what has been helpful to you in your explorations of AI? What software can be downloaded and experimented with so as to get some hands-on appreciation for what it can do? I suspect there are many others in the community who would not mind playing around with it, too. --martyb]

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  • (Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 16 2020, @03:26AM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 16 2020, @03:26AM (#983430)

    I don't know if it still runs, but the Norns do learn by an organic process. They have small neural nets, things happen, the weights change, they learn to better handle situations.

    I've had people complain that it was clearly scripted. When I tell them it wasn't they seem impressed. I think the problem is Norns don't have much in the way of instinct, so they start out doing the kind of stupid things that no animal would ever do. It is pretty much random at first, but real associations are formed via experience. Death is a thing and the unfit ones don't get to procreate, so it's an AI and A-life sim.

    It's an experiment and game. I'm not sure what you're looking for, but it is one of the most impressive examples of software learning that I've ever seen. Most of what's out there is nets trained on data sets, this is an embodiment simulation and no guidance except a tiny bit of biology.

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  • (Score: 2) by Moru on Friday April 17 2020, @08:17AM

    by Moru (1248) on Friday April 17 2020, @08:17AM (#984043)

    Creatures can be bought on GOG still and is working. But the online part of Creatures 3 has been shut down since a while but it's not needed for the learning part.