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Troll Test

The Troll Test is a measurement of how well a world handles roleplay. It tests whether you are forced to pick a predetermined choice, or if it supports true freedom of rp (actions 'outside the box').

The troll test is this:

You encounter a troll. In your left hand you have a torch. In your right hand you have a sword. The basic options are Fight, Flee, Cast Spell.
Your choice?

Most cRPGs expect you to choose one of the stated options. However, if you are roleplaying, then you can decide to fight the troll say, by using the torch on your head, to set fire to your hair, and then headbutting the troll.

It most likely will do more damage to you than the troll, but you are allowed to do it. Alternatively, you could slap the troll silly, or strap the torch to your sword, and hit them with both, or decide to kick the troll in the nether regions -then- run, or do something completely different.

It should be possible.

The original role-play worlds, the pen and paper based ones, all pass. These embody the spirit of roleplay. No computer-based world has yet passed the troll test. In many ways, the Troll Test is a measurement for RPI as strong as the Turing Test is for AI.

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A Turing Test of Actions, Not Words
On the 26th of September 2012, on the centenary of inventor of the test, mathematician Alan Turning's birth, a form of the Turing Test not based on words, succeeded. An AI was considered more human than most humans involved in the test.

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AI researchers believe 'Rascals' can pass Turing test
Passing the Turing test -the holy grail of artificial intelligence, whereby a human conversing with a computer can't tell it's not human- may now be possible via VR with a Blue Gene supercomputer, according to AI experts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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Lego AR Kiosks: Colour Magic Symbol
At the beginning of 2009, Lego announced in a press release that they were teaming with German AR developer Metaio to develop an augmented reality solution for Lego kits. This went on sale in Germany and California, as test markets. So far, the test is not over, but from all indications they are doing very well.

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The Loebner Prize
The Loebner Prize for artificial intelligence is an annual contest, designed to put artificially intelligent chat programs through their paces. It uses the Turing Test for AI, as conceptualised by Alan Turing in the 1950 paper "Computing machinery and intelligence". In the decades since then, the Loebner prize is the first attempt to take the Turing test seriously, as a benchmark for AI.

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Virtual Voice: Ultimate RolePlaying Hook
In roleplaying, nothing breaks immersion more than hearing the voice of the player when its not appropriate for the role. The voice of a 10 year old girl coming from the troll about to smack you into next week, or a butch, and manly seductress just breaks immersion entirely. Either online roleplay should be limited to just text whilst everything else goes voice, or a new approach is required.

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Brain prosthesis passes live tissue test
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Industry news, originally posted 14-11-2004. The world?s first hippocampus prosthesis has passed the first stages of live testing.

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Safety Simulations benefit from Manufacturing Simulations
Even the most vigorous, modern crash test simulation, with all known variables accounted for, can be wrong. Sometimes these differences are unavoidable with the computational power limitations of the simulation computers, sometimes its another, unforeseen cause.

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Personal blood tester
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Biochip laboratories can perform all the processing a patient might require, speedily, but they cannot extract the blood itself. A Japanese company has developed a self-contained blood sampler and test strip which takes the place of the nurse, and can be performed at home with ease.

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A Therapeutic VR for Driving Phobias
Researchers at The University of Manchester have recruited volunteers with a variety of driving phobias to test whether virtual reality can be used alongside conventional psychological therapies to help tackle their fears. Impressively they are including full immersion VR in the trials.


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If a machine were to ‘take the Fifth Amendment’ – that is, exercise the right to remain silent throughout the test – it could, potentially, pass the test and thus be regarded as a thinking entity, authors Kevin Warwick and Huma Shah...

It may have been dreamt up in 1950, but the Turing test - a simple way to tell if a machine can think - still holds powerful sway over many researchers striving to produce a machine at least in some respects equal with a human.

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The Loebner prize award is coming round again. The annual attempt for chatbots to pass the turing test will take place at the University of Reading October 12.

Professor Kevin Warwick, a cyberneticist at the university, said...

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NASA is testing a handheld devi...