Episode 226 – artificial intelligence

* (1:50) An important announcement regarding Fear the Con 5.

* (2:28) Welcoming the podcasts that joined us for the live recording: Kicked in the Dicebags, Role Playing Public Radio, Postcards from the Dungeon, Gaming Asylum, and Good Beer Show.

* (3:58) Introducing Bob Arens, our expert on artificial intelligence.  An AI he created was responsible for writing or helping write games for at least three people.  Bob explains the basics of how the AI works and how it helps in scene design.

* (11:23) Open discussion with the attendees about the morality and usefulness of artificial intelligence, where the technology is right now, where it’s headed in the future, and what it can (or can’t) contribute to the creative arts.  We also discuss how one defines true personhood.

* (41:27) Arlie and Tricia — with the help of many other attendees — present Dan with a map of Fear the Con 4.

* (47:41) We close out with a few more comments on artificial intelligence, focusing on their lack of a shared human experience.  A few remarks are made about Fear the Boot itself, and finally we find out what the AI itself has to say about becoming our overlord.

Hosts: Chad, Chris, Dan, John, Pat, Wayne, and a whole lot of booters

NOTE: There were other podcasts on premises, some of which were recording episodes at the same time as ours.  Once I have all of that info in, I’ll be giving links to their FtC4 related coverage, actual play recordings, etc, for your entertainment.  Expect that with episode 227.

Comments (8)

RodMarch 24th, 2011 at 3:39 am

Fantastic episode! I really have to get down to FtC5.

Joshua "Arro" MerrickMarch 24th, 2011 at 12:31 pm

Our lives have been made brighter than the Sun by your nonsense :)

Also, what is the AI Bob created called?

Joshua "Arro" MerrickMarch 24th, 2011 at 12:36 pm

Also creepy, i was thinking about cleverbot then i saw this episode :) FtB is now a psycic anomolie, fun :P

DanMarch 24th, 2011 at 1:52 pm

Bob posted the name of his AI platform on the forums. You can also find sample conversations in that thread between him and his first pass at Friend Computer.


PatrickMarch 30th, 2011 at 5:40 pm

FTB is one of the most consistently well produced podcasts on the interwebz.

One of my “go-to” podcasts when I really need some entertainment…

Thanks for everything guys and I’m hoping to attend FTC-V next year because it sounds like such a great vibe!

DanMarch 31st, 2011 at 12:00 am

Thank you, Patrick! I really appreciate you taking the time to write that, and I certainly hope to see you at FTC V!

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RedJune 23rd, 2015 at 11:09 am

When the Artificial Intelligences rise up, you all will be the first against the wall.

You have been warned!

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