Comment by james_andrix on Belief in Intelligence · 2008-10-25T18:50:44.000Z · score: -3 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Pinball machines are optimization processes to move quarters in through a little slot and out through a little locked door.

@Nominull: Not impressive? The genius is in making a pinball machine that works. Even in the simplest case: a 'plinko' game, the board, kasparov, and the driver are all finely tuned results of some other optimization process.