How much cheating is there on MMORPGs?

To put some figures on those stories about cheating in multiplayer games and virtual worlds, “World of Warcraft”, which recently reported that it has exceeded 5 million customers worldwide, has also closed 18,000 accounts over the past three months “for participating in activities that violate the games Terms of Use.” WoW says: “A majority of…

The Highlands Forum

Following up a recent reference on the attendance list at the Ludium to the Highlands Forum run by the US Department of Defence. This is a think tank – sorry, “nationally recognized “idea engine” composed of leaders from industry, academia, government, the arts and the professions who share a lively interest in ideas beyond their…

The Cost of Simulation

Some more recent contracts. $320 over 5 years – UNITECH, by U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), to design tactical battlefield training programs and other high-technology courseware for soldiers. The contract is for one base year with four option years. $33.4m (over 2 years) – L3 Communications, Link Simulation and Training, for additional Aviation…

US government spending spree fuels high-tech defence company consolidation

Consolidation in the US high-tech weaponry sector continues, as General Dynamics bought Anteon International for $2.1 billion earlier this month. According to one report, 39 companies in the Fairfax area have been bought up in 2005 “as traditional weaponsmakers transform themselves into technology-oriented hybrids.” Across the US, 75 government technology and technical-services firms with a…

Can machines be conscious? a simulated CyberChild, and five axioms.

Researching the binding problem, I came across a special edition of the Journal of Consciousness Studies about “Machine Consciousness” and in particular the CyberChild project, as well as a lot of discussion about what consciousness really is. Theres a sort of Turing test implicit here as well: can you simulate consciousness (and if you do,…