As far as I understand it, if grandroids are capable of self-modeling, it
would not be programmed in beforehand but rather emerge somehow. But I'm
not sure, I'll ask.
On Jan 1, 2012 2:30 PM, "Stephen P. King" <stephe...@charter.net> wrote:
> Does Steve Grand's game include self-modeling?
> On 1/1/2012 10:32 AM, Craig Weinberg wrote:
>> On Jan 1, 8:29 am, Terren Suydam<terren.suy...@gmail.com**> wrote:
>>> Steve Grand's latest project, an artificial-life game called Grandroids,
>>> does just that. The bottom layer (substitution level) is an artificial
>>> chemistry and biology, including analogues to dna, metabolism, cells
>>> (including neurons of course), hormones, and so on. He's concentrating
>>> building a very robust and dynamic set of base components that will be
>>> assembled from the dna in ways that result in an artificial animal... an
>>> animal that has no behaviors programmed in by Steve or anyone else.
>>> Whatever it does will be completely emergent.
>>> He's still building it, so a lot of stuff has to be proved out, but if
>>> goes right, these animals will display coherent, apparently goal-directed
>>> behaviors in such a way that the most parsimonious explanation of what's
>>> happening is that a new layer of "psychology" has emerged from the
>>> computational substrate.
>>> Even if Steve fails, it is at least possible in principle to see how that
>>> could happen.
>>> Happy new year!
>> If Steve fails, it will also be possible to see how that principle
>> falls short in reality and bring functionalism to it's inevitable dead
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