Day 28: The 24th of August

Hello everyone!

Today is probably my earliest post in the day, starting at 7:00 PM and ending at 11:00 PM. Not that it matters too much since I am planning on talking about stuff other than what happened today, which merely involved me staggering around the house with a cold and having a nice hot bath.

I wanted to talk about something incredibly boring, as per usual, by talking about my far fetched hopes for the future of gaming. I admit this is a pretty simple topic compared to my amazingly astute observations on humanity as a whole, but it is also something I think about quite a lot.

I, like a lot of people, enjoy games involving controlling the lives of people. This probably sounds really creepy, but many people also enjoy that sort of thing so I promise I’m not too weird! Things like ‘The Sims’ and more recently ‘Tomodachi Life’. But one thing that really makes me think is how different these games would be if the characters in them had true A.I. I mean the ability to think and feel for themselves. On one hand it would be incredible, characters would make lifelike decisions, the love stories that unfold would be completely genuine and so would the fights. But unfortunately something like that, if even possible, would raise a lot of problems.

For starters, if artificial intelligence can feel just like humanity can, then would the characters also have rights? This is a pretty divisive question. I mean, they are essentially computer programs in some people’s minds. Personally I don’t know what I would answer that question with. That is partially because the idea of being able to control the lives of even just programs is really quite entertaining. Hundreds of thousands of people have killed off their Sims, locking them in a room with a burning stove or removing the ladder to get into and out of the pool.

So, since there is no clear answer on that issue, let’s move on. Say we step out of just controlling their lives and into, say, an RPG (or DOG as autocorrect tells me). It would be a dream come true to be able to walk through a virtual town and talk to people who can respond to anything you say. No more pre-made quests or dialogue trees. Completely free flowing conversation. If such a thing was possible, it would blur the line between fiction and reality. And it would be really awesome too!

It doesn’t even just have to be games, either. Artificial actors and actresses would be able to perform stunts that no real human could through the safety of software. You might not even need a script, just create a scenario and let people watch the virtual world unfold naturally. You may be able to tell but this sort of thing really fires me up.

Of course, if artificial intelligence ever reaches that stage it will probably be in many decades time, if that. I must admit though, I wouldn’t be an optimist if I didn’t believe it was possible in my lifetime. It is a concept that, if ever perfected, would revolutionise everything.

So that is my little speech about a topic that interests me greatly. It probably is a pretty terrible topic for a daily blog, but I honestly couldn’t think of anything interesting to talk about, as usual. So thank you all for at least humouring me while I ramble. You people are too kind!

Kind regards, as always.

Elliott Rogers, novice blog writer extraordinaire.

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