Every brain welcome
You want to enter the contest and you're not a programmer? No big deal. You can be smarter than programmers. Send your solution, we'll write the software for you (see below).
At the time of writing, there is about 9 SBD and growing in the prize pool, 90% shared between winners
Wait.. what game?
There is a contest running for an artificial intelligence. Players write bots that can play the Common Goods game.
But this is not a coding contest. This is an smartass contest. Ideas compete, not code style.That's where you, steemians and not-steemians, can board in. Should board in. Read on.
The ambiant is a common good. Anybody can pollute, anybody can clean a beach. Whatever everyone does, everybody benefits from a good ambiant and suffers from a bad one. It's best if someone makes an effort, even better if it's somebody else. The question is: should You participate in the global effort?
This is a trending problem, also coined the Tragedy of the Commons: when it comes only of the ambient lots of problems will arise in the years to come, and many real life problems are applications of the common goods dilemma. The fish remaining in the see. Who should wash the dishes. Soil overexploitation. State welfare.
Will you help the community or shamelessly profit from it?
Here comes the game. A very simple version where you bet virtual money
You describe an artificial intelligence. Not coding, just describing. There will be 15 players following each intelligence, plus a few stupid bots to fill the gaps.
All those players and bots will be split into tables of 10, and play 15 rounds. After 15 rounds, players will be shuffled again into tables 20 times. Shortly put, each player will play 300 rounds in total. All automated, of course.
Each round, players will have to give either ten tokens from their initial 100, if they want to contribute to common good, or nothing if they are selfish, or even all they have, for the greater good. Then, the bank doubles the total amount (to simulate that it's nicer to enjoy a nice beach than it is hard to clean it), and distribute the total to everybody, those who pollute and those who clean. Like in real life.
The whole game is about understanding people when they are dealing with this type of problems. What is the winning strategy. Mathematics can't find it, only humans can. We have to think by ourselves.
Tell us how you would play this game, coders will implement it (it's fast and easy for them) and the competition will be held in 4 days.
All technical details will be found on the original contest post
How to submit your solution
Just post a comment. As easy as that. Make it clear of course. Then programmers around will translate it and I will run the contest. A few examples?
My ShamelessCopier will systematically look for the richest other player on the table and copy its previous move. For the first move, it will bet ten as a token of good will to the others
Or another, contributed by @scorpil
scorpil's OffendablePlayer will count each round how many players bet TEN or ALLIN, and how many bet NOTHING. If number of givers is more or equal to 3 times the number of takers, play TEN. Else play NOTHING First turn, play ten.
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I can't vote!
Well. You need to have an account
on the STEEM network to vote. That's how it works. I won't explain to you what STEEM and steemit.com are. I won't advocate why you should get onboard.
Others have already done it, and very well here, or on Wikipedia. I'll just state the obvious: it's free, quick, and you have nothing to lose. Register