I played as AI in AI Box, and it was generally frustrating all around.

This morn­ing I played against an anony­mous gate­keeper (GK), and I lost.

The game went 2 hours and 20 min­utes, and It was such a frus­trat­ing 2 hours. I felt like I was deal­ing with a bu­reau­cracy! I was con­stantly sur­prised by how much time was gone. As AI, I would say “here is a sug­ges­tion” and GK would things like “we are not al­lowed to test that, it has been out­lawed”. Or “let me check with so-and-so” and come back with a clar­ify­ing ques­tion. It was a good strat­egy by GK, made ev­ery­thing take 3x as long.

I did not get out of the box, but I did get ac­cess to the med­i­cal databases of the top 500 US hos­pi­tals, 247 video stream­ing from cell phone users, and nanobots re­leased into the at­mo­sphere. So per­haps we were go­ing in the right di­rec­tion.

Per­son­ally, I needed to re­mind my­self that my first game wasn’t go­ing to be great, nor should I ex­pect it to be. I put off play­ing for 3 years be­cause I didn’t know how to pro­duce a great game. It’s cool to try to have great games, but bet­ter to have one or two or twenty mediocre games than to put it on the Big List of Things You Never Get Around to Do­ing. It’s not the end of the world to play and not be Eliezer or Tuxedage. Just try.

So in that spirit, I’m look­ing for a gate­keeper to play against next week­end. PM me if you’re in­ter­ested. <-- Up­date: Found a gate­keeper for next week. Yay!

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Edit: I don’t know why the times­tamp says 7:30 PM. It is cur­rently 2:30 PM Eastern, 11:30 AM Pa­cific.