Bitter Potato Salad

July 08, 2014Tagged Essays, Games

So a guy crowd funded his potato salad to the tune of $40,000. Some think it's a brilliant joke that deserves every cent. Others are offended that people throw money at a jokester while ignoring projects that demonstrate real skill and hard work.

Here's the deal. Yes, the guy deserves some money and attention for a novel joke, just not that much! He receives that much, not because he deserves that much, but because the Internet works as an amplifier.

The best products (Minecraft, Flappy Bird) become insanely successful. The merely great products (Infiniminer, Piou Piou) linger in obscurity. This isn't "fair". Work that's twice as good may be rewarded a thousand times more. But then life isn't fair. Some get lucky, some get cancer, and some had to live through the Middle Ages.

What can you do? You can only accept that rewards are not fairly distributed. Accepting is not liking. Accepting is feeling offended, insulted, and jelous, but keep moving anyway. You are right to feel angry! It isn't fair! But keep working on your projects, for their intrinsic reward, and for the offbeat chance that you become one of the few who are rewarded a thousandfold.


The Computer Games Manifesto

December 10, 2007Tagged Essays

We propose computer game AI as a suitable topic for research with the long term goal of artificial general intelligence in mind. Modern games include large virtual worlds and a growing but unsatisfied demand for human-like computer characters inhabiting them. Significant research challenges are present in building an agent capable of intelligent timely behavior in such complex and dynamic environments. However, games can help turn these into concrete problems forming stepping stones that enable incremental progress. Game AI might thus serve to revive the research field's original ambitious goal of human-level AI and help drive progress towards this difficult task.

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Mystical Renaissance: Regulations on Scientific Writing

January 01, 2006Tagged Essays

The results of the referendum on the role of science in our society that followed the recent election of Mystical Renaissance into the parliament could not have been any clearer. The victorious line two, advocating the phasing out of scientific activity while allowing current scientists to stay employed and active until retirement, was clearly the sensible alternative. Ethical considerations necessitated radical preventive action after the discovery of the detrimental effect of science on spirituality in our society. However, the remaining scientists can obviously not be allowed to continue their current practice unaffected. We propose strict regulations on all scientific writing that will limit the destructive effects of demystification and reductionism on the innocent public. The restrictions presented in this parliamentary bill will ensure that the contagious scientific ideas expressed in publications are contained and their impact limited.

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