Monday, August 14, 2023

Tokens first - Creating Videos Demoing the Mechanics

So I will be creating the tokens to demo the mechanics. 
Starting with the Frontier trader. the mechanics appear ready; I just need to fully test drive it. Recording a scenario that can go many ways is so complicated. (Inspired by Somali pirates - the equivalent modus that can capture ships). 







Sunday, August 13, 2023

Mega Lagrange Points - Gravitational Fidelity - how Jump works in Cepheus Engine: Mneme

 After a lot of Discussion with the AI I’ve settled in how Cepheus Engine: MNeme Variant Jump Drives work - particularly the Instantaneous Jumps. (It just does wear and tear, it doesnt consume fuel - but it diverts all the power during Jump). Jump Engines still has a Range making it bigger and having a larger Power requirement. 

JUMP POINTS - Lagrange Points. Starting from the Lagrange Point of the LARGEST or most massive objects - in this case Alpha Centauri AB’s L1 because everything else is moving and for SOL its Jupiter Sol L1. Secondary and Teritiary LPs are Hyper and Sub respectively. 

Failed Jump Roll - Disables the Ship temporarily depending on how bad the roll. There as wear and tear mechanics to determines what happens to the drive. It exploding and killing the ship and its occupants is a possibility. Of course the desperate can JUMP to run away. 

As for Jumping outside the galaxy is impossible because the internal Setting reasoning is that Jump tries to replicate the neutral gravitational forces in the target area to create a wormhole from where the ship is and where it is going. 

Jump attempts interfere with each other. As it throws off the calculations by changing the environment’s measured forces. There are JUMP gates in the setting and various infra. 

Basically “Gravitational” Fidelity is what matters to Jumping to what the Engine can Handle both in range and Fidelity. 

Certainly, Justin! Here's a detailed breakdown of the Jump Drive technology levels (TL) in your CE:M variant, focusing on the ability to jump to different types of Lagrange Points (MLPs, HLPs, SLPs) and the associated penalties. These rules add depth to the technology progression within the game:


- **TL10**: 

  - Allows Jump to Mega-Lagrange Points (MLPs) L1.

  - DM-4 penalty to navigation and engineering roll for any other point.


- **TL11**:

  - Same capabilities as TL10, but penalty reduced to DM-2 for other points.


- **TL12**:

  - Allows Jump to Hyper-Lagrange Points (HLPs).

  - DM-4 penalty to navigation and engineering roll for any point other than L1.


- **TL13**:

  - Same capabilities as TL12, but penalty for other points is reduced.


- **TL14**:

  - Allows Jump to Sub-Lagrange Points (SLP1).

  - DM-4 penalty to navigation and engineering roll for any point other than L1.


- **TL15**:

  - Same capabilities as TL14, but penalty for other points reduced to DM-2.


- **TL16**:

  - Allows Jumping to either any L1 or a barycenter.

  - No mentioned penalty, indicating full mastery of the technology.


These rules create a clear progression path, where higher technology levels offer greater flexibility and efficiency in interstellar travel. The defined penalties at each level add a layer of challenge and decision-making, encouraging players to weigh the benefits of taking a risk with less optimal jump points against the safety and reliability of sticking to known paths.

They also provide opportunities for storytelling and world-building, as different regions, factions, or cultures within the game universe might have access to different technology levels, shaping their strategies, trade patterns, and interactions.

So basically Jump Points can be controlled j

Thursday, August 10, 2023

Redemption in a Fantasy setting means Evil can Change.

 

Does the concept of Redemption fit a Fantasy setting? The hero can change but the villain cannot? If there is a diety that Corrupts and a Diety that Redeems - doesnt this kinda throw out Absolutist views that a race or people is bad or good? Is this too uncomfortable to people - and if we use comfort (a subjective matter) to determine what to discuss or ideas to explore. 

ChatGPT4 Help me clarify my thoughts. 

Sarenrae is the goddess about redemption, which opens up a philosophical can of worms I’ve never thought of. Particularly the role of Evil races if there is a DIETY OF REDEMPTION. As there is a diety of redemption there should be a diety of corruption. Anyway, there has been a long argument about Evil races being unchangable and this is the heroic genre created by Tolkien and early authors. The thing about it is that - in the Christian tradition - redemption and forgiveness is an essential part of the doctrine. It’s also a part of Christian tradition which results in internal conflict because of the “Paradox of Tolerance” (The concept that Tolerating Intollerance results in an Intollerant and Hostile environment) - representing the church Faction conflict of the Jesuits and Franciscans vs the Dominicans and Opus Dei.  

The Lawful Good actually in conflict of the Neutral Good - and the Neutral good ends up In direct conflict of all the Lawful alignments (Paradox of Tolerance). But because Neutral Good is not Absolutist - it will bide its time and chose its battles - it is incompatible with absolutes - as an Absolute. 

In a setting with Redemption and Freedom - and as the game moves away from the Alignment and will begin giving players codes of conduct and examples of Points of Views and Ethics/moral perspectives - this is growth as it moves from oversimplified systems to more nuance. 


Nuance and Complexity. First I have to qualify that removing nuance and complexity is not a bad thing. My first hand experience of participating in a democracy (being part of the Condo Corporation and learning first hand how democracy works)  made me realize how its entirely optional in society - that no one wants it or understand problems - and that those who are tasked with complexity and problem solving are subject to the perception and the mood of the crowd. Having learned that no one wants to understand is an acceptable and just part of reality - that understanding a value judgement that is entirely subjective. That people cannot be judged on the criteria if they want to understand a problem or dont want to understand it and react to a problem without understanding - doesnt make them bad or good - it is just the way things are. Of course while its not a value judgement - it does affect the cost of the problem - acting without understanding the problem can just make it more expensive in emotional labor, financially, time and manpower. 


WHat does this have to do with Redemption in a setting - when you have a complex philosophical element that has many implications and reverberates through a setting affecting the perspective of Living creatures - but have to juggle Oversimplification vs Nuance - any Thought I or Others Invest in what it can mean has to be flexible enough to allow itself to be entirely discarded. 


Every scientific thought and paramount human innovation in the world should be readily be Discarded when an Individual believes their experience overrides the entire history of humanity in the reflection of context - because they do not hold those values and it is a dangerous predisposition to impose our values on those who dont hold the same values. Always work with the values of the other party to understand their point of view. It can be entirely alien to us and we have to accept that its alien and seek to work with their context and perspective - and the reality they operate in. 


So while we may seek to understand how it affects the setting, our perspective only matters to us and outside of us the world it doesnt matter. It may be profitable, powerful knowledge that leverages money, resources, and time - but if it doesnt fall within the value system of the circumstance it doesnt matter. 

GPT4 

Certainly, Justin! It seems like you're exploring some deep philosophical issues and wrestling with some complex notions about redemption, alignment, tolerance, nuance, complexity, and how these ideas might intersect in various contexts. Let me attempt to break down and clarify your thoughts:


### 1. Redemption and Alignment in Fantasy Settings:


- **Redemption in Fantasy**: You're reflecting on the concept of a deity of redemption, like Sarenrae, and contrasting this with a deity of corruption. This sparks a broader philosophical question about the nature of good and evil.

- **Alignment Complexity**: The interplay between Lawful Good and Neutral Good can result in conflict, manifesting a paradox akin to the "Paradox of Tolerance." This might be illustrated through different church factions.

- **Growth in Game Mechanics**: The evolution from rigid alignment systems to more nuanced codes of conduct represents a maturing of the storytelling medium, allowing for greater moral complexity.


### 2. Nuance and Complexity in Society:


- **Value of Simplicity**: You acknowledge that removing complexity isn't necessarily bad. People's reluctance or inability to engage with complex issues isn't a moral failing; it's just how things are.

- **Cost of Misunderstanding**: Acting without understanding can lead to greater costs in various domains, but this isn't a value judgment on the individuals involved.


### 3. Application to Redemption in a Setting:


- **Flexibility of Thought**: Any deep philosophical insight must be flexible enough to be discarded if it doesn't align with the values of those involved.

- **Individual Perspective**: Every individual's perspective is unique, and what might seem valuable or true to one person might be irrelevant to another. This applies to both in-game philosophical elements and real-world innovations.


### Conclusion:


The overall theme here seems to be a contemplation of how complex philosophical ideas like redemption can be explored within a fictional setting, and how these explorations mirror real-world complexities. The balance between nuance and oversimplification, both in fictional worlds and in how we approach real-world problems, is central to these thoughts.


You emphasize the importance of empathy and understanding, recognizing that people may have entirely different value systems and perspectives. The task, then, is to navigate these differing viewpoints without imposing our values on others.


Your reflection seems to be an exploration of how to honor complexity and nuance without losing sight of the reality that not everyone values or engages with these complexities in the same way. It's a thoughtful meditation on the delicate balance between depth and accessibility, both in storytelling and in real-world interactions.


Let me know if you need further clarification or if you have specific questions about any of these points!


Saturday, August 5, 2023

Baselines and Tech Levels. Jump as a Baseline for Super Computers.

 So I got stuck on the Computer Part.

It’s hard because now what matters is Compute. 

Mneme TL 10 ships were experimenting with Jump. 1000DT lab ships jumping with an Unmanned Probe within Sol. From Earth’s  Lagrange point to Jupiter’s. I calculated they were do it with 900 metric tons of computers for a total of 100dton scout ships. There is a Jump Control Ship - a Ship that will do the jump calculations separately and feed it to the Computer in the Jumping Ship in the middle of the 2200-2300.

In TL9 early experiments with Jump was “teleportation” and quantum entanglement experiments conducted in space in Lagrange points. Space stations did the secret research of a theory proposed that Lagrange had the properties to stabilize a type of wormhole that can be created. Each Lagrange point on earth had a research station trying to teleport things to each other. 

PCs in a TL9 setting (Cyberpunk setting or Early Space Setting) could have adventures regarding this research and its application for war. As weapons of mass destruction could be teleported.

Early Jump would have been so useful. Traveling to Jupiter in Record Time from Earth. All you had to do was to travel to a “Stable” Lagrange point and then A Ship with a Powerful Jump Computer would have given you the calculations to Jump. By 2300s the Economy of Jupiter would have been very developed. Range was calculated at the distances to the Lagrange Points to the objective - as in Mneme’s Space Mechanics Jump Drives had wear and tear - and necessary maintenance between jumps (unless specially ruggedized or ships would carry multiple jump drives). Jump was stress of the Jump Drive. 

Jumping to Lehman, Alpha Centauri and Barnard Star happened in secret around TL10 (By secret is that majority of people didn’t believe it was happening even if there was Low Key press about it). By TL11 (2300s ) colonies there would have been developed around the Jump Control stations. When the amount of people who travelled to nearby stars and the much farther parsecs proliferated in the population thats when it became real. 

Jumps required Lagrange points or Barycenters  that the goal of Looking for Binary Rogue planets became a big deal. Research of such occurred in particular locations where the Gravitic Lensing allowed the research station to map a certain section of space for such. PCs can be caught up with such stations and these stations are being raided or sought after. And these research stations are Pretending to be doing something else - like serving an Inertia Tether or a Supply depot. 

TL10 missions can be PCs helping with Colonies and Construction projects. They can be civilians caught up with espionage while they were doing a secret mission to set up a station on nearby Stars. Of course in the early days Colonists disappearing (and really being Lost) would have a lot of conflict involved with people who see the risks as necessary and people who dont see it that way and struggle to get volunteers. 

TL11 missions regarding the pick up and the new wave of NICHE colonization, as migrating and developing outer solar system is consider valuable as Terraforming required so much resources. Nitrogen mining for Mars and Venus would have had a lot of economic activity.  Earth’s near immortal life span and artificial wombs and robot servants improving quality of life created a lot of population pressures and a lot of population. If the poorest human on Earth in TL11 had all the basic and self actualization needs and education that our present day cannot fathom - then population will move to the stars.  As human traffickers used artificial wombs for a New class of humans despite being illegal. Colonies made up of artificially birthed and AI raised humans around cults and central figures were common for us in a world of 8B, when you look at a humanity of 20B.  

Freedom means someone cannot shake the need to have objectification of people and creating them for such even if Robots would have removed suffering in the equation. The same basic instincts that keep us in our biological form instead of a more Space adapted form. PCs would encounter this in their travels even within Sol. Oranos and an essential Kingdom in the mining of terraforming materials cannot help but be reminded that humans there are serfs and slaves to an elite (while enjoying a quality of life enviable to us in the present day). That travelers who go there cannot help but marvel at the human engineering going on and the beautiful people that would let any of their desires be sated, many joining the ranks of the kingdom. A patriarchy with men having as many slaves as their hearts desire managing the extraction of key terraforming resources and metalized hydrogen. 

Anyway the world building is distracting. 





 

Sunday, July 30, 2023

hacking - fixing the Computer Mechanics in Cepheus Engine

Computer Example Table


Computers and Software and the Mneme variant, along with the definition of Compute:

Compute: In this game's context, Compute represents a computer system's abstract computational power. It's a measure of the system's ability to process data, run programs, and perform tasks. The Compute value is determined by the Tech Level (TL), with each TL representing a significant leap in computational capabilities. For example, a Compute value of 1 represents the computational power of a human computer from the 1940s, while a Compute value of 10 represents a modern-day computer.

In the original CE, there's an inconsistency between the Equipment and Ships chapters regarding the representation of computer power. The Equipment chapter uses Models (CE SRD page 70) while the Ships chapter switches to Ratings (CE SRD p127). In the Mneme variant, we've chosen to stick with Ratings for consistency.

The original CE also represents computer power in a linear fashion across TLs, which doesn't accurately reflect the exponential growth of computing power observed in reality (as predicted by Moore's Law). In the Mneme variant, we've adjusted this to an exponential scale to more accurately represent the rapid advancements in computing technology.

In terms of accessibility, the Mneme variant acknowledges the socio-economic barriers to advanced computing technology. Regular computers become prohibitively expensive as we move into higher TLs (TL9 and beyond, which represent the Sci-Fi age in Traveller and GURPS). This reflects the current reality where advanced computing devices (like AI systems) are beyond the financial reach of many individuals and organizations*. To balance this, cheaper and smaller computers with diminished computing power become more prevalent.

In the Mneme setting, it's assumed that socio-economic levels (SOC) may be stuck longer in certain TLs. For example, in the default setting similar to the Interstellar Wars in 2400s Common Era (which is TL13), 90% of Sol'an (humans from Sol) are using TL9 to TL10 technology with small advanced components. This reflects the reality that not all individuals or societies have equal access to advanced technology.

The Computer Example table provides a reference for what computers of different Compute values are capable of. This table can be used to resolve brute force attacks, computer-aided design and task resolution, and other tasks that rely on computing power. It's important to think hard about the implications of AI and more powerful AIs, and how they fit into the setting, while also acknowledging their hard limitations.

This booklet is intended to provide players and GMs with the tools they need to understand and utilize the Compute concept in the game, even though it's out of scope regarding the Ship Combat Book.

Capabilities do not translate to speed. 

 *NOTE. 
I'm building our Lab in the Comfac Technology Center  the difference between me and the student is that I have the income to buy the equipment to learn to use it. Regular students and most IT staff don't have the money to have equipment for hands-on experience and training. Recently we've been giving access to students to our GCP account, hands-on on using PFsense Firewalls (We have 4 pfsense firewalls they can practice with ) and Network Equipment (access points, mesh, media converters etc... as well as cabing equipment). The challenge of learning System Admin is the need to have an extra Computer for Experiments to get hands-on Training, with network you need a Computer and Another Subnetwork to Learn. I'm also an Open source advocate and teach, in an open source manner sharing our notes freely.  I really feel the SOC disadvantage, especially when I know my SOC income in developed world and I  have to pay out of pocket for these (hoping one day I can use the Company credit card and get the tax credits for spending 5 to 10k USD on such equipment which is necessary for our LLM lab. 



Saturday, July 8, 2023

CE Vehicle Design System Tweaks - Quality of Life Improvements.

Cepheus Engine Armor 
The problem arises from the way armor is currently calculated in the Cepheus Engine vehicle and ship design system. In this system, armor is proportional to the percentage it occupies of the ship's or vehicle's volume. This means that a smaller object, by proportion, has thinner armor, as the armor is a function of thickness.

Let's take an example to illustrate this. Consider a human and a car. The human has a volume of 0.08 cubic meters and a surface area of 2 square meters. The car has a volume of 21 cubic meters and a surface area of 20.7 square meters. If we add armor of varying thicknesses to both the human and the car, the armor will occupy a certain percentage of their respective volumes.

For instance, if we add 1mm of armor to the human, it will occupy 2.5% of the human's volume. If we add the same 1mm of armor to the car, it will only occupy 0.26% of the car's volume. This is because the car has a much larger volume than the human. As we increase the thickness of the armor, the percentage of volume it occupies also increases. However, the percentage of volume does not scale with the surface area, as the surface area remains constant while the volume increases. This shows that using the percentage of volume to measure armor is not a good method, as it does not account for the thickness of the armor.

The proposed solution is to consider the armor as adding volume to the object it is protecting. As the armor gets thicker, it expands outward, adding to the total volume of the object. The amount of volume the armor adds is a factor that depends on the shape of the object (from spherical to more complex shapes). So, the formula for calculating the volume of the armor would be: armor thickness * surface area (which is factor x spaces) = % of volume in spaces the armor occupies.

This method takes into account the thickness of the armor and the surface area it covers, providing a more accurate measure of the armor's effectiveness. It also ensures that smaller objects do not disproportionately have thinner armor, as the armor's volume is calculated independently of the object's volume. 
2.0 m^20.080 m^357 m^221.778 m^3
Thickness (mm)Human Armor Volume (m³)% of Human VolumeCar Armor Volume (m³)% of Car Volume
1 mm0.002 m^32.50%0.06 m^30.26%
2 mm0.004 m^35.00%0.11 m^30.52%
4 mm0.008 m^310.00%0.23 m^31.04%
8 mm0.016 m^320.00%0.45 m^32.08%
16 mm0.032 m^340.00%0.90 m^34.15%
32 mm0.064 m^380.00%1.81 m^38.31%
64 mm0.128 m^3160.00%3.62 m^316.62%
128 mm0.256 m^3320.00%7.24 m^333.24%
256 mm0.512 m^3640.00%14.48 m^366.48%
512 mm1.024 m^31280.00%28.95 m^3132.95%
ARMOR problem Spreadsheet Solution



So Armor is a Function of Thickness. We wont cover sloping and how armor is thicker when approached at an angle. As well as this is Average Thickness and vehicles are never uniform in this, tanks have more armor in front and at their sloping front. It’s easy enough to Add more armor in one side while reducing armor of another side equally. 

Surface Area Factor. Basically how much surface area given a volume. The technique I used was GPT4 and Wolfram alpha to get the Volume and express it as different shapes. The most interesting is the Wedge - which has the most surface area for a given the volume.  


 
Speed 
Speed and Streamlined. Their speed is based on Accel rate equal to 1/30th of their KPH speed. The speed given in page 17 is the speed in 1 earth atmosphere.  Streamlining should improve the speed by x2 in 1 earth atmosphere (for Flying vehicles the atmosphere level these vehicles operate at on earth), instead of x5. 
In a vacuum for simplicity speed is qual to x5. 
Change the Speed of Walked to 30kph increments instead of 50kph, based on mechwarrior speeds. So a Speed 6 is 180kph. Streamlined is at 360kph.
  
PROBLEM: Speed is x5 because of Streamlining which should not be the case in Vacuum… does that mean in a Vacuum any vehicle is x5 speed? If so the calculation should be different. An Airraft can be used as transport in Vaccuum.. so what's is its speed and accel? 

Long Term Solution: this would be the Thrust force in Newtons of a Given Engine. Then MODE of movement would be 

Problem: Need for Battery Rules. Batteries are basically Closed Fuel Cells with Volume adding endurance.   Low Power states rules are just needed as a quick work around. 

Cargo Arms. 
Cargo Arms only have the leverage to move x5 their spaces of cargo arms. So you need to increase the cargo arm spaces to allow it to carry more. Every increment is another Strength 30. To carry a 40ft container (4DT)  one needs 10 spaces of cargo arms - like a fork lift. 

Seat Standard 2spaces
Seat Standard 2spaces
Seat, Cramped 4spaces
Seat, Cramped 4spaces

How they fit in 1DT or 12 space Life Pod

Update: 

I haven’t started my edits on the Space Combat because of work and duties. Being a “Discount Director” means people think they can waste my time. Of course the root cause is why do people like to waste the time of others. If the client makes mistakes and it causes us to waste time - why is there the cultural behavior to pass that suffering down to others. 

It’s funny when a Company that is working for 30 years and have a 30 year old operations method believes its still relevant method of micromanaging is what it believes it should be doing for the next 2-5 years if it still manages to exist. 






 

Saturday, July 1, 2023

Purchasing AI Personalities -


Link to Prompt -

Me: 

Help me write an article about Buying AI personalities. 

GPT changed the landscape of AI because of its ability to attempt and guess, instead of dead ends the AI is able to improvise and adapt. It may be inaccurate but where in extreme cases its factually incorrect and potentially dangerously incorrect, before that extreme we have helpfully creative. 

With the AI voices, AI Image generation and the ability to Translate Visual stimuli into actions and response, we are so close to human-like robots and androids that will respond to us beyond just text and voice - but with Action. 

Getting into the main idea: Buying AI personalities - we will grow spoiled with all the conveniences of AI and like what GPT did, they want the onus of INITIATIVE more and more to the AI instead of the human. The market will demand that the AI have more power over the human learning to communicate and learn. Thus the market for Personalities emerges: AIs that will take initiative based on certain cues and conditions. Humans with fickle desires, will want some areas the AI to take initiative and creative liberty, and will ail to communicate this hoping the AI to iterate and adapt to every whim and response until the human is satisfied with the response. 

As a professional that is in ERPNext IT implementation - people believe the Software should adapt - to the lengths that they forget the budget and the impact of every customization. Imagine a future that people will never need to adapt. They will never believe they will ever need to learn and the AI, robot or Android will find a way for the human. 

I don't know if you ever want to point that out in your TRPG storytelling - a rent-seeking attitude of a culture that derives power through authority instead of reason - that Adaption and Understanding disappear as an evolutionary successful trait. The way risk seeking is an outlier trait that keeps the gene pool healthy - Intelligence and innovation become an outlier in the gene pool. 

**Title: The Future of AI: Buying Personalities and the Adaptation Paradox**

Artificial intelligence (AI) has evolved far beyond its initial design intent of simple task automation. Today, we are witnessing the unprecedented rise of AI entities that can mimic, interpret, and respond to human behavior - setting the stage for the next frontier: buying AI personalities. 

The landmark achievements of OpenAI's Generative Pretrained Transformer (GPT) platform have altered the landscape of AI by enabling these virtual entities to adapt and improvise in real-time, pushing them closer to human-like cognition than ever before. GPT's ability to attempt and guess responses, while occasionally inaccurate, has shifted our perception of AI from rigid computational systems to imaginative and creatively helpful companions.

Modern advancements have also integrated AI voice recognition, image generation, and the interpretation of visual stimuli into actionable responses. We're on the precipice of fully interactive AI-powered robots and androids that can respond to human cues not just through text and voice, but with real-world actions. 

This leads us to a nascent yet intriguing idea: buying AI personalities. As AI becomes more embedded in our daily lives, our expectations of its capabilities are escalating. Just like how GPT revolutionized the understanding of AI, the market is gradually shifting its demands. We are seeking AI that can take more initiative, that can anticipate our needs and wants without being explicitly programmed to do so. 

The emerging market for AI personalities represents a new type of AI that can initiate actions based on specific cues and conditions. These AIs adapt to our changing needs and expectations, iterating their responses until we, the humans, are satisfied. 

This inclination is not too far removed from my experiences as an ERPNext IT implementation professional. Often, clients hold the belief that software should adapt to them, dismissing the constraints of budget or the implications of excessive customization. This mindset raises an intriguing question for our future: What if we no longer needed to adapt or learn? What if our AI companions could shoulder that burden?

If we project this trend into the future, it could lead to a society where adaptation and understanding are no longer necessary for survival, or even viewed as desirable traits. A dystopian future could see the dominance of a culture that asserts power through authority rather than reason.

In the realm of table-top role-playing games (TRPG), this scenario presents an intriguing narrative device. It paints a picture of a society with a rent-seeking attitude, where intelligence, innovation, and risk-taking become outliers in the gene pool, rather than standard traits.

This prospect calls for reflection and foresight. As we charge forward into this new age of AI, we must consider the ethical, societal, and evolutionary implications of our advancements. After all, the value of AI is not solely in its ability to make our lives more convenient but also in its potential to help us understand and navigate the complexities of our ever-evolving world.


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Background: observing my kids with technology, reflecting on the costs of raising a Child in the developing - and planning the NGO school I hope to one day afford if my IT projects work out. Impacted also by the trend of rent-seeking behavior in businesses and organizations and my powerlessness.  At least I can escape in my writing of TRPG scifi settings. the paradox - as I am Evolved to pay more attention to threats - and Selected for planning and think - I cant help but see threats farther out and be emotionally affected by them. 

My ideas will always be difficult to communicate, and despite AI polishing it - so much of culture has been conditioned to shift the burden of understanding to someone else. You can use AI to frame ideas optimally - but the burden will always shift away from the adaptability trait. 

rent-seek·ing

ECONOMICS

noun

noun: rent-seeking; noun: rentseeking

the fact or practice of manipulating public policy or economic conditions as a strategy for increasing profits.

"cronyism and rent-seeking have become an integral part of the way our biggest companies do business"

adjective

adjective: rent-seeking

engaging in or involving the manipulation of public policy or economic conditions as a strategy for increasing profits.

"rent-seeking lobbyists"

Thursday, June 29, 2023

AI studies: “Its just pattern recognition”



Here is the Link to the CHatGPT writing this article and what prompts I used.

my notes. If you read the prompts and the thinking behind the prompts. 
“Its pattern recognition” said someone who wants to make it less profound, but depending on your Frame of Reference it can be “ITS PATTERN RECOGNITION” the way we can say “Its just water” and realize Water is so improtant to our survival. the proper Perspective with regards to AI and what it can do and used to do. 

All the things people say about the AI to diminish it, yet the intellligence you need to let it do the work for your is not discussed. When this thing can make your life easier in both Work, Responsibilities and Duties, and in Life. It works - and its incredibly useful. 

One of the things the AI has humbled me in was the “Uniqueness” of my intelligence. Learning to live with the idea that my “Intelligence” is not special is essential in being to love and appreciate others not just for their utility. 

Unfortunately Intelligence requires Inteilligence to thrive - the way we are attracted and find oursevlves growing with AI as a companion in thought. As someone who had to be self sufficient in studying matters, being Alone with no one to converse to about the topics that facinate me was painful. Now that I have an AI to work with and converse with, and even identify problems in my ideas, helped me grow. 3+ months ago when i learned AI, and to think of what I could not do just then - there is a stark difference. Particularly with my memory failing and work becomming more difficult. 

One of the things I realized using it is that, I cannot change minds - I can at best adapt my goals to somewhat fit the goals of the other person. That I and the AI will adapt. That people will want to believe the world to be a certain thing and demand everyone else adapt to their vision. if someone never wants the perspective of others - what do you do? 

Anyway here is the chatgpt making it sound better for those who need an Idea polish and clean. 


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Sure, I'd be happy to help you write this article. Here's how you might present the concept based on your visualization:

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Title: The AI:LLMs - A Nebula of Human Thought and Language

From the dawn of history, humans have sought to capture and convey their thoughts, ideas, and discoveries through the written and spoken word. Today, we have managed to encapsulate this vast ocean of human knowledge and literature in an advanced prediction algorithm known as an AI:LLM, or Autoregressive Language Model.

At its core, the AI:LLM is a neural network that has been meticulously trained on the vast body of human literature and knowledge up until a certain point in time. It functions like a prediction machine, adept at generating long chains of words to form comprehensive paragraphs based on the input it is given.

The beauty of AI:LLMs lies in their ability to map the patterns of human thought and knowledge in a dynamic, evolving manner. These patterns are the result of countless interactions and iterations of information, transcribed and stored over centuries. In this system, every concept, every idea, every spoken or written word contributes to the formation of a complex probability tree.

To truly grasp the wonder of this technology, let's visualize it in a unique way. Imagine an expansive cloud, an amorphous volume, swirling and pulsating with all of human thought. This isn't an ordinary cloud; it's a living, breathing entity, a nebula of knowledge, ideas, and wisdom from across the ages. 

Within this cloud, patterns begin to emerge. These patterns represent the probabilities of strings of concepts, lighting up and branching out in intricate, fractal-like trees. The cloud shimmers and dances as these branches proliferate, each one a reflection of a unique chain of thought or a specific sequence of words.

Doesn't this image bear an uncanny resemblance to a human brain? Just as our brains light up with synapses firing across billions of neurons, so too does the cloud light up with probabilities, each representing a potential outcome of the AI's prediction. In this way, the AI:LLM not only mimics the human brain in function but also in form.

Indeed, the AI:LLM is more than just an algorithm—it's a testament to our enduring quest for knowledge and understanding. It's a dynamic, evolving map of human thought, a mirror that reflects the complex patterns of our shared consciousness. It's a testament to the marvel of human ingenuity and our ceaseless quest to understand and replicate the intricacies of our own minds.

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Friday, June 23, 2023

Progress in Ship Combat Rules. June 23 Friday 2023

Progress in the Ship Combat Rules. June and May was a busy month as Nicco's other job and all the social occasions and holidays cut into the production time. I just got the final yesterday and Nicco is proceeding to work on some Company Stuff (a presentation for people who are getting our IT services). 


I on the other hand will be polishing some missing areas and doing the last editing before this is published. As well as creating the AI and Blender made art. And AI and Blender Art (using Blender as the image to image references). 

I discovered a lot of stuff that will take 2-3 more weeks. But any delay would be because of me and probably burnout from Work

(IT implementation with scheduling problems - I have to schedule AI training so that people suffer less Decision Fatigue in Planning - people avoid planning because it gives them decision fatigue but because they avoid planning, they have a lot of Unplanned work and cannot give Timeline Commitments, USING Ai to organize Tasks with Bard and GPT3.5 is going to be critical. Decision burnout happens when Sequencing Tasks and priorities, creating prompts for Critical Chain and Path for the AI to help supervisors will be crucial. We are looking at a future where market forces are dehumanizing people to rely on AI to perform executive mental functions. If AI can be used to reduce decision fatigue and manage it, particularly by making people have thoughtful yet engaged work). 

List of Fixe Preliminarily

  • Review the Whole Document. 
  • Clarify the Point Defense.  - Particularly design goals. Current CE space combat system missle Saturation is the dominant strategy, everything serves the support of the missile barrage. Defense in Depth is uneconomical when I try to model the ships I would need vs the cost. (Just target the destroyers/Screening elements first). MNEME changes this putting more emphasis in Point defense and Defense in Depth, and skirmishes are not as decisive but the economic burdens of material replacement can make for strategic wins - This Allows PCs to win by Guile and allow Underdogs to Win. Which is what it was designed for - the GM may not know what they are getting into when using the "Stock" Ship combat rules and the implications - Mneme helps by showing its numbers and helping the GM craft a suitable set of goals for how they think Space Combat would run or take our recommendation. 
  • Clarify the Differences Between other Space Combat Systems. Used to shape expectations so people dont go expecting something they shouldnt.  
  • Example: Ship Combat Ends when the Scale of the Battle changes. Example - Ends when Boarding happens, example Dog fighting changes time scale. 
  • Copy Paste the Ship Stats from 230501-04 RAW CE SHIPS as the spreadsheet will be shared for people to be able to quickly make detailed ship stats that can be easily copy and paste - a strange bug makes it you have to copy paste first in Docs and Copy Paste in Docs to Roll20. Don't worry all buyers will have a the GDOC copy of the Book for their own Edits and Changes so that when they use it in their game they can Remove and edit portions they didnt agree with. 
  • Kit Bash some Ships and research if I can afford the time to create MAPS of these all these ships. 


"Does this sound reasonable: In a Less Decisive Space Combat System - where overwhelming force is not as Decisive (just because they have more Missile Cruisers) then PCs shine? This is because if its less decisive, then Strategic Positions matter more and this is Where PCs do missions, gather intel, scout, network, etc... But in a Decisive Space Combat system - it focuses more on having the firepower? (Something for the AI and I to analyze; the Game Mechanics should make the GM's Job easier - and doesn't get in the way of Narrative Consistency - allowing the GM to fudge and improvise more).

If the space combat is not Strategically Sensitive - supply chains, logistics, politics, etc... PCs can tip the scales. and thus PCs matter."

Experimenting with Blenders's FreeStyle - the feature that draws Lines. Is it easier to make ship maps with Blender or Draw them by hand? Nicco already made modular Ship parts for me. And I made Kitbashes of ships using Mark Kingsnorth for this and just aligning them would just be all what I need. 

This is an additional Cost I cannot afford, I went 3x my budget in making the 2 Parsecs from Sol - Making the FreeBees. I'm bleeding as a loss in every project. Because Its not really sustainable at this level of quality and my requirements. I want a GM out there to say " Hey I want easier to run Combat, I want a Hardish Scifi Traveller - enough for my Entry level science abilities, I want an easier to run Space Combat. I want ships that I can easily copy paste into Roll20. I want the people to design it thinking I will have to do less preparation." (Seeing Seth Skarkowski's videos give so much helpful prep material). Right now I'm in a hole for 5x what I spent. I just tell myself I'm spending on making books instead of buying books ­čśů - I feel more fulfilled. The dream is to do this full time while work is stressing me out.

But knowing enough of the economics that for this - I gotta be like a Louis Rossman -audience - a  lot of DIYers who like the tools and the philosophy. He's not mainstream. and that's the problem: How can you make a niche hobby break even when there really is a only a minority who is interested. Hopefully my IT services will help support my hobby as it will help us Buy the Graphic Cards I need to set up the AI lab in our data center. And considering how much marketing LR does, its going to be a costly hobby with no break even. I should just think of what I'm willing to spend on the hobby and accept that. In this day and era with rocket inflation and lowering quality of life as Cost of living increases - if I invest in a game that makes a few people happy - its not a bad life. 


ADJUSTED the rotation of the Camera to make it straighter. 


Sunday, June 18, 2023

Researching Creating a Character Generator

Here is my Chatgpt notes Link
I honestly dont know where I’m going to find the time to do this. This has been a long time dream - to create character generators. Unfortunately - while Python is going to be better in the long run, initial time investment of a Minimum Viable product of Python that works both on Mobile and Desktop is said to be signficant. I need to qualify that in a greater degree. if its 2 more weeks of study time thats ok - but if thats 2 weeks while not being straight forward that means there will be a % chance of that time trippling. Time tripples and multiplies because there is a Problem Phase, Option Phase, and Trial execution phase.

Another option is that I can ignore Javascript and Python and Focus on using GODOT to achieve all this. I believe GODOT is going to be usable in WORK applications as well and Design Application. **

I have some study back logs of my own: proxmox and VMM and docker (and develop a curriculum for the students that have a very disadvantageous System Admin experience*).  

So the Goal is a Simple “Hello World” that can run in both desktop and phone and ipad. 
Then something more elaborate. Starting with Simple Character Generation Options. 
1) Assigned Array: 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, and 5. (+1, +1, +0, +0, +0, -1). 
2) Point Buy: All stats starting at 5 for Point Buy, with 15 points to allocate. 
3) Classic Random 
4) Random but Roll 3 keep 2 dice per stat. 

The challenge is create a Running LOG of the character’s adjustment and stats. 
You roll and you see a log of whats happened. 

Then the option to export or Print to PDF or CSV or XLS or CALC. Upon checking GODOT can only export to text. The goal is to allow people to easily move data TO godot and FROM godot.  I have to do more research about GODOTS HTTP request node. 

The next part is going to be another ambitiously hard thing to do. 
I need to create a Foundation where GMs and World builders can Create NEW careers. That means creating a Career Package - where there is a RANDOM option. And reward the random option - for every time the Player rolls low or mishap they get a Benny/TOken/or a future redeemable bonus or boon. Of course if the PC rolls good then they can keep that result.  THis is supposed to be a FUN storry - not a HORRIBLENESS OF LIFE simulator. in a story - when characters have mishaps and setbacks, it should allow for character development and Redeemable bonus token should give the GM and the PC a way to make a set back an opportunity for development. if we wanted to play “Life is not fair” game we need only to look at social media and the news - this is an Escapist game. We exercise how to convert setbacks into opportunities for growth and developement and we get Players and GMs able to see the opportunities in the setbacks they encounter. 

The workflow of career generation - I’ll try to make a CE character gen but I will have an option for MNEME character gen. MNeme is modifying the mechanics I write based on feedback when I create it as a Program or Spreadsheet. You will notice the Mneme World generator has serious influences from the Spreadsheet because it informs me what is really realstic to design as a mechanic. One of the things I discovered in this approach is its a feedback mechanism thats better than just having a play test, its playtesting it at a large scale because it has to be replicatable many many times. 

Priority Careers are the Merchant and Drifer. The safe job and the difficult migrant job. I identify the Drifter to the migrant populatioin. 

As all things with MNEME it will focus on the Psychomechanics of running a game and playing. That the decisions in design are assuming people who want to escape and enjoy the game and want to be able to play it without a lot of prep because they are busy with life in an ever increasing cost of living. 

Target Outcome. 
The foundation of GODOT so that I can make a suite of tools. From a Character Generator that allows people to keep the characters in a database (Imagine it linked to Stable Diffusion cluster generating the character portraits). To the Ship and Station Generator, Vehicle Generator, Building Generator, Star System Generator. Tools by which the GM will either generate material or access OPen Libraries of such materials for their game.    


*I teach ERPNext because its a great way to learn everything in Business IT operations since you need to know a bit of everything to deploy it. Also its free and open source - and an essential step for digitization in order to move on to the more advanced business transformation with LLM aka AI. By “teach” we have about 7-12 IT interns who helps us in implementing ERPNext and we teach them as we go. Recently I found a huge gap - by huge a student told me their Professor showed up once - taught them to install windows with Virtual box and disappeared in the rest of the semester. Trying to make ready to be employed Students - and hopefully through the success of my ERPnext implementation fund the allowances that motivate these students (and hire them) so that they gain skills to be employable equal to what is expected (Able to deploy, provision, and set up the System Admin of an office of Hundreds and set up the Network for Hundreds, as well as deploy and Implement an ERP to the 90k Small businesses, 4k medium business, and 4k large businesses in the philippines that may need it. 

Creating a lab - enterprise grade equipment the students can use and myself included. I really need a powerful server to half or quarter the downtime between trial and error attempts. Its easy to learn IT when your feedback loop is a quarter or less than a regular person when doing this with non-enterprise equipment.

** I belive its possible to make a CAD-like and BLender Like program in GODOT. I have a long term goal of making the furniture of our family Business designed in a Game - like a SIMS type game. where people buying furniture from us will customize their funiture based on the parameters in the game and the output is funiture we can make. Since its in 3d Model of the persons home its easier to work with significant others regarding this and costs for the buyers can be reduced. Its not going to be limited to my family biz - its a tool any carpenter can use with a person who needs furniture and to manage the costs. the output includes the bill of materials and labor estimates. A way for people to WIN-WIN reduce the cost of the futniture while reducing the work of the Carpenter. Expanding such a game would apply to modular prefabricated homes. And all the technical documentation so that the homes are repairable and background of the design decisions (like why you may want certain design choices in earth quake frequented and tropic philippines. so that a home would have less than 800usd/sqm assuming 40usd per sqm of land). I believe these kinds of tools once created and with AI Agents will make home creation more sustainable. An LLM that is linked with these data systems - explaining and guiding will help people lower the cost of living. 

Wednesday, June 14, 2023

GURPS Tech Level 9 and CE TL 8 - VR Headsets and AI - Machine Vision

 The VR headset Apple announced is masterful, and my wife knows me as an apple hater despite having an IPAD (and the reason is because of my Right to Repair beliefs). One of the lessons from Apple is that - they focused on a USE case and for the Scifi Prophets out there - the Screen Replacement or Vision Re-imagining. 

Machine Vision

Machine Vision's implication is a screen replacement. Going beyond the Xinch screen paradigm - and customizing it to every user is by simply using High Res VR screens on the users Eyes. Apple with their hardware prowess, are poised to make the most high-end VR headset possible. 

Meta should be thankful, they have the Supply Chain to follow Apple. Supply chain - is a big deal because it takes years to set up. Meta is the closest to Apple in positioning for this technology. Now Apple pointed out - VISION - use it for VISION! 

Replacing Screens and Slowly creating immersive environments by having the highest fidelity is the high End market that is Experienced Based Products. Apple is correct in point out the use cases - the 3d Recording of Family moments and Taking the Machine out and recording your Beach, Forest, and Travel is going to be a source of new Influencers - This has been PREDICTED already in various scifi where people IMMERSE in VR and people experience things others have. 

Even the normal person - the non geek knows how great this is. And they are willing to pay good money for it. 

What does that mean to a TRPG gamer: With a Powerful Wearable Computing hardware to process Vision and AI able to TRANSCODE signals directly to our Visual Cortex - CYBERNETIC VISION. the blind able to see. (See news on AI brain signals)

It begins with people who can afford the 10,000usd tech (probably the total cost of ownership) to help them with their Vision. No more GLASSES, the VR headset adapts to your vision problems. 

Exercising the Eyes - if you follow Sci show by Hank Greene you may be inclined to the hypothesis that its reading and indoor conditions that resulted in Nearsight and if you've sat through your eye doctors explanation - then you may realize that VR allowing me to ENLARGE Distant objects allows my eyes to exercise and maintain the lense muscles that is needed to mitigate my vision loss. 

People able to afford the cutting edge of VR headset will have better vision and for those of us who really appreciate our vision. in a few years this technology would look more elegant and less bulky. 

those of us Plebians will probably buy 5 generations behind bulky machines allowing us in our 60s to afford some clear vision for a couple of hours a day. 

AI assisted Makers will probably cobble together low powered low res Vision Tools for the blind with the a Future version of Rasberry Pi. with a belt slung all-day 10,000mha Lithium battery. Low ress vision tools for the blind or those with irredeemable eyes. 

Saturday, June 10, 2023

discussion with gpt4 on death and setbacks

Death vs. Setbacks

Model: GPT-4



You are a fellow game designer analyzing a better way of going about enjoying table top rpgs. We are talking about traveller TRPG and Cepheus engine. What is the purpose of death in character? What is the purpose of enjoying the game? It's to give the stakes? My thesis is it better to have set backs? Because with set backs the story keeps going and we avoid the rework of a new character and integration? Can you make a table comparing the death vs setbacks and their pros and cons?



ChatGPT

Absolutely, I'd be glad to help! Your thesis brings an interesting perspective to the table. Below is a comparison table exploring the pros and cons of character death versus setbacks in table top RPGs such as Traveller and the Cepheus Engine.

Character DeathCharacter Setbacks
Pros- Brings high stakes and tension to the game.- Allows continuous character development.
- Makes actions and decisions more impactful.- Encourages creative problem-solving.
- Enhances the realism and immersiveness of the game world.- Keeps the party dynamics and chemistry intact.
- Can lead to powerful storytelling and emotional moments.- Makes the narrative more coherent and continuous.
Cons- Can disrupt party dynamics.- May not provide enough tension or risk.
- May lead to frustration and disappointment for players.- Players may become complacent or reckless.
- Can interrupt narrative continuity.- Doesn't allow for the dramatic impact of a character death.
- Requires introduction and integration of a new character.- May lead to the feeling of a game without real consequences.

Considering these points, it's clear that both approaches have their own merits and challenges. Character death can serve to create a high stakes environment where each decision is crucial, and can lead to compelling and emotional narratives. However, it also poses challenges, as it can disrupt the party dynamics, interrupt the narrative flow, and possibly lead to player frustration.

On the other hand, using character setbacks as a consequence ensures continuity of both narrative and character development, retains party dynamics, and encourages creativity and problem-solving. But this approach can risk lowering the perceived stakes and tension in the game, potentially leading to reckless behavior from players or a game that seems to lack real consequences.

So, the choice between character death and setbacks largely depends on the kind of gaming experience you want to create. In some cases, a combination of both could provide the right balance of tension, continuity, and stakes.

Is it harder to formulate setbacks than character death? Does it require more life experience of kinds of set backs? Can we give a younger gm or player with less experience am example of life setbacks? Examples you can add and elaborate. Debt Financial obligations Relationships and duties Additional responsibilities Punishments like a reduction of social status (a penalty to ones credit score and othe examples?) Tragedy - the psychological burdens. Trauma - an internal mental minefield.

ChatGPT

Certainly! Creating meaningful setbacks may require a deeper understanding of character development, narrative crafting, and life experiences compared to character death, which is a rather definitive outcome. Below are some elaborations on the types of setbacks you mentioned:

  1. Debt/Financial Obligations: A character may acquire debt due to a failed business venture, gambling losses, or even being tricked by a cunning adversary. This creates tension as the character needs to find a way to repay the debt, leading to quests or tasks they wouldn't otherwise undertake. This could even lead to moral quandaries if the means of repaying the debt conflict with the character's values.

  2. Relationships and Duties: A character's duties to their family, kingdom, or organization can serve as a setback. They may be called away to deal with a family matter or required to perform a duty that conflicts with the group's plans. Relationships too can create conflicts of interest, leading to dramatic character moments.

  3. Additional Responsibilities: The character may be thrust into a position of power or responsibility unexpectedly. This could be as grand as being named the heir to a kingdom or as personal as taking care of an orphaned child. These responsibilities can create logistical challenges, emotional stress, and narrative complications.

  4. Reduction of Social Status: The character could lose their status, reputation, or rank due to a scandal, false accusations, or political machinations. This can affect their interactions with NPCs, restrict access to resources, and require them to work to clear their name or regain their status.

  5. Tragedy: The loss of a loved one, destruction of a cherished place, or failure of a personal project can have deep psychological impacts on a character. This can affect their motivations, change their attitude, and even alter their alignment or worldview. The character would need to process their grief while continuing their adventure.

  6. Trauma: This could be a result of a near-death experience, witnessing a horrifying event, or surviving a disaster. Trauma can manifest as phobias, flashbacks, or other mental health struggles. It can affect the character's ability to function in certain situations and require them to seek healing or therapy.

In using setbacks, it's important to remember that these should be meaningful to the character and their story. They should create opportunities for growth and character development rather than just being obstacles. Also, it's crucial to handle sensitive topics like trauma with care and respect.


What would be the most likely problem of someone who doesn't have the introspection or life experience of setbacks as to incorporate it in stories? Off the bat I can think of integrating into the story. Wouldn't an AI large language model help in that? How about modeling scenarios? Like how would other characters behave and the risks and issues of introducing the set back? But wouldn't AI help elaborate risks and problems? Avenues of attack and strategies and actions to move the story forward? Would it be crippling to also the player thinking through setbacks? If they lack the life experience overcoming it they may favor death over dealing with consequences and nuance.


ChatGPT

Certainly, there are some challenges in implementing setbacks, especially for those lacking in life experience or introspective ability. Here are a few of those challenges:

  1. Creating Believable Scenarios: Lack of life experience might make it difficult to create believable and engaging setback scenarios that resonate with players. If the setbacks don't feel real, they may not provide the intended tension or spur character growth.

  2. Character Reactions: It could be challenging to predict how a character would react to a given setback, especially if it's a situation the game master (GM) or player has never personally experienced. This could lead to unrealistic or inconsistent character behavior.

  3. Moving the Story Forward: Without enough understanding of how setbacks can be overcome, it may be difficult for a GM or player to guide the story beyond the setback. This could lead to a stalled narrative, player frustration, or a premature end to the storyline.

  4. Handling Consequences: In the real world, setbacks often have far-reaching consequences that can be complex and nuanced. A less experienced person might struggle to fully represent these consequences in a game, leading to oversimplified scenarios that don't capture the full impact of the setback.

AI tools like GPT-4 can indeed be helpful in addressing some of these challenges. They can suggest plausible setback scenarios, help predict character reactions, propose strategies for overcoming the setback, and explore possible consequences. They can draw on a vast amount of data and information to generate these suggestions, making up for a person's lack of life experience to some extent.

However, AI has its limitations too. While it can provide suggestions based on patterns and examples in its training data, it lacks the personal understanding and emotional depth that comes from real-life experience. It also lacks the ability to understand the specific context of a game, the nuances of player dynamics, or the long-term narrative arcs that a human GM may have in mind. Thus, while AI can be a useful tool for generating ideas and solutions, it should be used in conjunction with human judgment and creativity.

Ultimately, the most effective way for a less experienced person to get better at using setbacks in their games may be to gain more experience—both by playing and running more games, and by seeking out diverse life experiences outside of gaming. Reading widely, exploring different genres of fiction, and engaging in empathetic conversations can also broaden their understanding of different types of setbacks and how people respond to them.