Tuesday, July 2, 2013

The best tactic for survival?

Sharing something that's caught my fancy recently. I've attached a screenshot of an online forum conversation I found shared on facebook,

...revolving around a computer game that was started on a computer server and left to run, with computer players (bots) fighting each other in a teamless deathmatch (meaning your goal, to win the game, is to kill everyone else and remain the last one standing). The game has an Artificial Intelligence program that would experiment and analyse the best tactics for survival, picking the best ones with each successive game.

Well, in the forum conversation, the person who started this game off to run on its own, forgot about it for 4 years and now checks back in, anticipating some highly skilled gameplay. Instead, he finds out that all the bots were NO LONGER FIGHTING EACH OTHER.

Read the conversation in the screenshot.. very interesting! As one contributor posted..
"The ultimate survival strategy developed over 4 years :  nobody dies if nobody kills. They've achieved something we couldn't. World Peace."

What freaked me out was when the server's owner joins the game to check what's wrong, all the bot players are rotating to look at him, showing that the game program hasn't crashed or gotten stuck. They're all voluntarily choosing not to fight.

There's not enough conclusive evidence here.. I wonder if this experiment can be repeated anywhere? Even so, this has given me a lot to think about.

Just googled it.. seems to have made quite some news stories:
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/07/01/quake-3-arena-world-peace_n_3529082.html?utm_hp_ref=uk (I feel the article draws an erroneous conclusion in the end, so please read the original screenshot and draw your own inferences)

PS: apologies for language in the screenshot...

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