A Game That Maps The Evolution Of Your Self & Your Worldview

Will Wright discusses his upcoming game that maps your conscious and subconscious mind.

I’ve mentioned before that I’d like to take psychological development and make it more accessible and understandable to people by making a Player’s Handbook for The Game of Life that metaphorically describes psychological development similar to an MMORPG, whereby you “level up” consciously by going through different “expansions” or stages of development and overcoming your “monstrous” fears that are standing in your way (which in turn embody the psychological metaphors within Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey).

The primary benefit of this approach is that it helps you to create an externalized visual map of your subjective life adventures so far that they enable you to objectively begin to psychologically manage your “self” going forward, something which Robert Kegan indicated was essential for the growth and development of a person, describing it as a Subject-Object Shift.

While I’ve always wondered what it would be like collaborating with an actual game developer on something like this, it seems like I don’t have to imagine much more so now since Will Wright is effectively creating something very close to this concept with his next game called Proxi.

I actually now want to get into the players mind. I want the players mind to become the landscape of the game in some sense.

Can we find a game format in which we can acquire these memories from your life. They’re really important memories, not you know we had Starbucks yesterday, but the things you remember from 10 years old, 12 years old, 15 years old.

Interviewer: The touchstones of your life, the things that define you.

Ya exactly. Can we now analyze, put them into a deep AI, start doing associations between the different aspects that they share and start building a model if your mind. You know not just your conscious mind but as well as your subconscious mind. You know how do you deeply feel and think and behave with the world around you based upon your life experience.

BTW I also find it fascinating about how later in this conversation he describes using AI to help a person understand themselves. This is something I’ve touched on before, with regards to how social media companies like Facebook are using AI on the data they have on you but effectively using it against you, as they can see your psychologically weaknesses and thus use them to their advantage.

This is why I think companies like Facebook are completely clueless as to the goldmine they are sitting on because if they used this data and AI to help their customers in a similar way, say charging them a minimal monthly fee to do so, they could pivot and become social leaders in helping the growth and development of people, rather than using psychology to take advantage of them.

So you know I think that’s about half of Proxi is riding, surfing this wave of AI that’s happening right now in a way to where it’ll help you understand yourself in a way that you never thought possible before.

And then how do we bring that to a way that you value very highly as opposed to just targeting advertising to you.

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