[ExI] A Paranormal Computer

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Fri Jun 17 05:34:32 UTC 2016



From: extropy-chat [mailto:extropy-chat-bounces at lists.extropy.org] On Behalf Of Adrian Tymes
Sent: Thursday, June 16, 2016 10:26 PM
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Subject: Re: [ExI] A Paranormal Computer


On Thu, Jun 16, 2016 at 9:33 AM, John Clark <johnkclark at gmail.com <mailto:johnkclark at gmail.com> > wrote:

This program asks you to randomly hit your "f" or "d" key. For me it consistently predicted what key I would hit next well over 50% of the time, usually around 70%. 




>…I was able to get it down to 38% by using certain tricks about how programs like this think, which probably qualifies my input as non-random.



Hey cool, we can make a contest.  One team creates prediction software, the other team tries to fool it.


Better: have a group of coders.  Each writes prediction software and has each of the others play it.  Then the winner is the one whose software predicts best.


Regarding Adrian’s 38% score, if you wrote code which predicted randomly, the software should score around 50% regardless of who is playing.






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