Five Years Away

The fallacy that any sufficiently complex technology is five years away from complete implementation. The canonical example is from Artificial Intelligence, which has promised solutions to computer vision, natural language processing and even AI capable of passing the Turing Test is always five years away from fruition, where in reality the problem domain is not even understood.

Unfortunately, many problems in procedural content generation appear to fall into the same category.

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Carmack on Procedural Content Generation:

No, tessellation has been one of those things up there with procedural content generation where it’s been five generations that we’ve been having people tell us it’s going to be the next big thing and it never does turn out to be the case.

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