I was curious if game A.I. had a technical term since it's not really Artificial Intelligence, but rather the illusion of intelligence. Or is it simply just called Game A.I.? Is there a term in another field that represents the same thing?

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    Isn't the point of calling it "artificial" intelligence instead of "natural" because it is entirely an illusion? The programming routines used to setup the actions of very complex NPCs is on a similar level to the logical processes needed to construct any other kind of AI.
    – Grace Note
    Commented Aug 16, 2010 at 19:25
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    Game A.I.'s the term. Also neural networks, a field in itself, is a part of A.I.'s. Commented Aug 16, 2010 at 19:27
  • Thanks for your comments, I hadn't thought of it that way.
    – Sam
    Commented Aug 16, 2010 at 20:58
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    Please don't be offended that this got closed as off-topic. Some AI topics are naturally fit here, but the subject of industry and technical terminology is somewhat borderline and probably better suited on a site like the Game Development Stack Exchange. And in the end, you still got your question answered, so nothing truly lost!
    – Grace Note
    Commented Aug 16, 2010 at 21:20
  • Yeah that's fine, it was meant to relate to gaming, but game development is probably a better place to post it. Thanks for the input.
    – Sam
    Commented Aug 16, 2010 at 23:06

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All artificial intelligence is merely an illusion of true intelligence. This doesn't change depending on the environment, including video games.

In the industry, we do call it A.I.

  • Ah, I guess I didn't think about it that way. I was thinking more along the lines of "real/conceptual A.I." being able to interpret and make decisions on its own, rather than having scripted reactions.
    – Sam
    Commented Aug 16, 2010 at 20:57
  • That's exactly what modern A.I. is - the ability to think and learn and grow with the player. For example, one of the first advanced artificially advanced agents was a chess player that got better as you played against it. This can be seen more and more in recent video games.
    – Keaanu
    Commented Aug 16, 2010 at 23:55
  • "All artificial intelligence is merely an illusion of true intelligence"? That is a matter of opinion not a matter of fact. Some would say that your own consciousness / free will is an illusion. It's not a useful point of view.
    – Hugh Allen
    Commented Aug 17, 2010 at 1:24

Thing is, what is taught in college as AI is as much Artificial Intelligence as a rubber duck is Artificial Life. There is no known algorithm that replicates animal or human intelligence yet. Everything we know as AI should be better described as "simulated intelligence".

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