Calm down, I’m not talking about the singularity. I’m talking about how well the AI in the microbe stage can answer questions about itself, such as:
- “How big am I?”
- “Am I a plant?”
- “Do I have a spike facing that way?”
My original impression was that the AI in microbe stage shouldn’t know these things. I interpreted the personality attributes (every species has a genetic level of activity, aggression, fear, focus, and opportunism) as the way a species learns what it wants to do through evolution. If and when the traits don’t match the physical body well, that species dies out and is replaced.
Plenty of recent feedback has given the opposite opinion: that if a microbe’s body requires it to play in certain ways, the microbe should always adapt and make common-sense choices. That can certainly be done from a code perspective, but it will result in a less pure evolution simulator, and diminish the role of the personality stats, if we care about that.