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Visual vs. Action Oriented Design
Written by Christian Rieß   
Friday, 08 April 2011 19:10

I found this very interesting article on Gamasutra and I think the author is making a very interesting point. It is again about the topic "The medium computer game, and how it is misunderstood":

http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/33722/Opinion_Visual_Vs_Action_Oriented_Design.php

On of the links in the article is also very read-worthy, so I decided to point it out particularly:

http://whatgamesare.com/2010/12/beware-the-no-brainers-morons.html

Last Updated on Friday, 08 April 2011 19:15
 
Robot Birds
Written by Christian Rieß   
Sunday, 27 March 2011 06:48

This thing just blows my mind. It is awesome and creepy at the same time. What will it be used for? I hope for a good cause, and not espionage and camouflage suicide bombing. But where could this be more useful than a normal drone?

German article: http://www.golem.de/1103/82364.html

English article: http://www.gizmag.com/smartbird-robotic-seagull/18228/

Last Updated on Sunday, 27 March 2011 06:54
 
Human Stupidity
Written by Christian Rieß   
Friday, 18 March 2011 08:51

Once again I begin to doubt the intelligence of my fellow human being. It is a sad and horrible tragedy, what is happening in Japan at the moment, especially in Fukushima. But why on earth should the German government decide to radically and immediately shut down most German nuclear power plants? This would be very unreasonable, but they did it nonetheless: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703818204576206741702346496.html

You could argue, that the Fukushima catastrophe has shown that nuclear energy is unsafe, but on the other hand, how often does an earthquake of a strength of 9.0 occur? Even in Japan, which lies in the Pacific Ring of Fire, this is a rather rare event. And even then the reactor didn't just go Tschernobyl, but had several breakdowns in the cooling which lead to several explosions and leakages. This is bad enough, but not the horror scenario which is painted all over the media.

Besides, German reactor technology is different different, if a breakdown in the powersupply occurs, the chain reaction process can still be stopped. And to add to this, German reactors a constructed to withstand being hit by a jumbo jet...

It is sad, that a well-developed technology is sacrificed for something that can only be called populism. I don't get it. And I don't get, why there isn't a popular outrage about the fact, that we still receive nuclear energy from reactors in France. If an incident like in Fukushima occurred there, we would most certainly get our share from the fallout.

But people are stupid and uninformed... I like to cite Einstein on such occurrences.

 
Cool Natural Language Procession Scripting Language
Written by Christian Rieß   
Thursday, 17 March 2011 09:03

The field of natural language processing has evolved greatly over the course of the last decades. ELIZA was a humble beginning, leading to more sophisticated specimen. A long time the chatbot A.L.I.C.E. was the prime example of a modern NLP-system. It won the Loebner Prize several times, but it was last year defeated by a quite new program named Suzette. This new bot uses an easy to use script language, which is less abstract than the AIML XML definitions of A.L.I.C.E. In an article on Gamasutra, the program's author  describes the functionality of Suzette and compares it to other chatbot systems. It's a huge article, but worth a look: http://www.gamasutra.com/view/feature/6305/beyond_façade_pattern_matching_.php

This program is still a better version of a chinese chamber, but it combines pattern recognition with somewhat that could actually be called propositional calculus. It might be the right step to bring natural language processing away from pattern recognition to programs that can really understand the meaning of a sentence. I bet Watson (see below) uses more sophisticated systems, but the scripting language of Suzette is easy to use and runs on a normal PC. So it could even be interesting to use it in games.

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 March 2011 09:20
 
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