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Old people can predict weather!

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I learned something fascinating yesterday. Old people can predict weather!

Apparently the sensitive joints of people with arthritis feel the pre-storm increase of barometric pressure. A younger girl at work has some form of arthritis in her feet, and she says her feet ache painfully some hours before the climax of any wet weather. It's logical, but it's funny to think of an old man in a rocking chair on the porch mumble, "it's gonna rain today..." and be right 99% of the time. That's one more reason for my grandparents not to care for TV, they don't even need the weather channel!

Anyway, Phish is the most awesome band ever.





I finished chapter 7 of AI Techniques for Game Programming last night. The chapter finally introduced neural networks; up until now it's just been genetic algorithms. Using genetic algorithsm with neural networks- amazing! This is really fascinating stuff and I can't wait to code my first neural network. I'll have to think of a neat problem to solve. I created my first genetic algorithm last night and made it easy to play around with (run-time editable), and that was enough to keep me entertained. But stick a neural network in there! Wooo.

I'll post my genetic algorithm program tonight. It's nothing special, but it can be cool to watch. Just a simple pathfinding program.
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That's cool you are working through that book! Keep your eyes on my journal over the next couple of days. I'm about to post a program based on what I learned from that book as well. [smile] Look forward to seeing your app too.

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Lets be "people who have AI Techniques for Game Programming" buddies!
I've got a better idea! We could all program agents to be buddies with each other!! Mine will be the leader!

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Lets be "people who have AI Techniques for Game Programming" buddies!
I've got a better idea! We could all program agents to be buddies with each other!! Mine will be the leader!


Not if mine has a better mutation and crossover scheme ;)

Seriously though, I've always wanted to get a couple people together and each make our own bots, then stick them in the same program and see what happens. We could have a general theme, ie killer machines where we put them in an arena to kill each other. Or it could be a nice game where we create our own creatures and we see if they can co-exist in the same environment. I think that would be really interesting. (I'm taking you all's offer seriously!)

I remember a long time ago where gamedev almost hosted a contest called "GDArena". A mod created an arena and a standard bot interface. People took this and created their own bot, and then a tournament-style elimination took place (1vs1). Unfortunately this fell through.

I'll keep an eye on your journal though, I look forward to it!

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