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Submission + - Mimicry wins in gaming TuringTest (

hajus writes: In a gaming environment of Unreal Tournament, where judges and contestants play together in "the 3d shoot-'em-up", 2 bots that mimic human play have managed to convince the judges that they are humans.

From the article:
Mirrorbot's key strategy is mimicry. When the bot meets other players in the game, it observes their behaviour. If it judges a fellow player to pose no immediate threat, it engages in a brief "social interaction", in which it simply copies the actions of that player, including movement, shooting, weapon choice, jumping and crouching. "It plays back what it sees," says Poleanu. The fact that this strategy proved successful at fooling the human says something interesting about AI and about ourselves, says Poleanu. "This result may indicate that our perception of intelligence is not flawless, but significantly influenced by our social nature".

Submission + - Anon demands US give clothes back to Manning (

hajus writes: Anonymous has given the US one week to restore certain rights for Bradley Manning in his time in prison awaiting his trial including clothes, any religious texts, a ball, blankets, and bedsheets or they will begin to 'dox' Department of Defense Press Secretary Geoff Morell and chief warrant officer Denise Barnes. 'Dox'. "Dox" will involve digging up personal information on the two officials and mass harassment or public embarrassment. “Targets established,” reads the document, before naming Morell and Barnes. “We’re in the ruining business. And business is good.” The operation has been termed "Operation Bradical" by Anonymous.

Submission + - Becoming sheep (

hajus writes: Becoming aware of commonly held perceptions and beliefs actually shifts your own opinions to match that belief or value. A change in activity in the orbitofrontal cortex and nucleus accumbens seems to correspond to the agreement with the crowd and this has been known to be a sign of modifying your own values.

Submission + - Sex game on Wii given 12+ raiting in Europe (

hajus writes: A Wii computer game by Ubisoft 'We Dare' has been given a 12+ rating to the discomfort of many parents. The trailer ( shows apparent swingers at a home party enjoying the game to the tune of erotic music. One can only surmise the rating agencies got fooled by the cartoon video content in the game and didn't bother to read the instructions presented.

Honesty is for the most part less profitable than dishonesty. -- Plato