This may be important to users interested in bettering their lap times and driving skills. A few years of personal experience reveling in the thrill of running with AI Jim Clark and Dan Gurney was one day slapped into objective reality while cresting the hill just before the bridge at Aremberg on Nurburgring. It was a transcendental existential flash of insight that over the next few weeks led to going from around maybe plus-8 to maybe minus-15. (Sorry, it's been awhile since I checked). This rapid drop is very apparent by analyzing my GPLRank improvement graph.
Does anyone else find a correlation between Plato's guys in a cave and virtual AI racing? It seems they are very close to identical. Perhaps a critical distinction is that while in Plato's cave there is no capacity to manipulate the shadows on the walls, only the opportunity to interpret them, while, when driving a computer/virtual racecar, (slamming light off silicon rocks in a virtual cave), the user causes the shadows to occur. Plato's cave is an apriori universe; that is, first there is cause, (external light bouncing off walls), then there is effect, (the viewer's internal perception and conception of that light). Is online only different when there are other prime movers nearby?
When virtual racing AI the user's inputs cause the virtual reality display to change. So users might be reacting to their own inputs in a feedback loop that perception and conception may place 180-degrees out of sync, as users unaware of their true circumstance, (because they have sublimated it), may react to virtual reality the same way they react to actual reality. But the real world is actually objectively there and there is external cause, whereas the virtual world is not actually objectively there, the user is the cause, (given the online caveat), and changes in virtual reality are the effect. Is the virtual world aposteriori, unlike Plato's cave, as the effect of conception is the cause of perception?
Has anyone else thought about this, or care, or have any opinion?
Edited by John Woods, Mar 11 2010 - 07:18 AM.