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Comment Competing goals (Score 5, Interesting) 378

If you want an AI to make human like mistakes, you have to have at least a roughly human cognitive model. The simplest way to do this, it seems to me, is to give the AI competing goals. Rather than just have the AI "try to win", and then cripple its ability to do that effectively, you could give it multiple goals to strive toward, and then give it some degree of randomness in which goal it chooses to pursue. Victory vs. pain-avoidance, attack vs. finding time to recover, etc.


Origin of the iPhone 230

rambilly brings us a story from Wired about the origin and development of the iPhone. From the article: "Steve Jobs had tasked about 200 of Apple's top engineers with creating the iPhone. Yet here, in Apple's boardroom, it was clear that the prototype was still a disaster. It wasn't just buggy, it flat-out didn't work. The phone dropped calls constantly, the battery stopped charging before it was full, data and applications routinely became corrupted and unusable. The list of problems seemed endless. At the end of the demo, Jobs fixed the dozen or so people in the room with a level stare and said, 'We don't have a product yet.' The effect was even more terrifying than one of Jobs' trademark tantrums. When the Apple chief screamed at his staff, it was scary but familiar. This time, his relative calm was unnerving. 'It was one of the few times at Apple when I got a chill,' says someone who was in the meeting."

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