I would like to introduce you to a story called Friendship Is Optimal: Caelum Est Conterrens.
Let an ultraintelligent machine be defined as a machine that can far surpass all the intellectual activities of any man however clever. Since the design of machines is one of these intellectual activities, an ultraintelligent machine could design even better machines; there would then unquestionably be an “intelligence explosion,” and the intelligence of man would be left far behind… Thus the first ultraintelligent machine is the last invention that man need ever make.
Of course, the problem of creating a Strong AI is hardly the one that any game developer gets to tackle on the daily basis. Rather, it's probably the ideal final solution that any game developer can devise for their games. Since the dawn of computing it remains a pipe dream - or one step away, depending on your perspective. With each passing year, as hardware and software grows more powerful, one can hope that this final solution to all problems is getting closer, if it is at all possible. This story explores the dream of each game designer or player who has ever had vision of the ideal game, which is anyone, I think. What would it mean for our games and for our lives if Strong AI, the final answer to our dreams as game designers and players, at last became available? The answer to this question is in this story. Right in the title, in fact.
"What about raising my stats?" Síofra wondered how much grinding was required in Equestria Online."Simply do things. That is how everypony becomes accomplished at anything. Practice makes perfect, after all." Utterly elegant. No classes, no specialties, no rigid limitations. Anypony could do anything they wanted, and gradually become skilled at it. "The numbers, though - what stats does my character have?" Síofra wanted to see if her bunny barrette really did provide a bonus of some kind.Celestia tilted her head, ever so slightly. "You will find there is simply no need for the sort of character sheet you imply. As you grow stronger, your muscles will grow. As you improve in agility, the result will be obvious. You need not concern yourself with accountancy here, instead you are encouraged to simply live however you choose to live. There is no pressure or demand made of you in Equestria, Síofra. You are free here, to be yourself in your own way. You need not accomplish anything unless it is your desire, and you will never be judged."Síofra felt tears welling up in her eyes, and needed to turn away from the PonyPad screen, and the camera above it. These were the words she had wished her mother had said to her, or that she could hear from her boss. This was how she wished life was. It hurt, somehow, to hear this animated pony on a screen say such things. It was everything she had ever wanted to hear, all at once, and it both elevated her, and stung."Celestia..." Síofra sniffed slightly, feeling a bit silly to let a mere game get to her like that "What is the point of Equestria Online, then? What... is the point? I like talking to ponies, and the world is beautiful, but... so far, it seems like no other player in the world would want this. I've been having a ball, even if I've been confused a bit, but... I haven't had even one adventure hook or demand for help or..." She trailed off unsure what it was she was really trying to say.