Project: Autonomous Creatures Part 4
I have changed it so that the creature wraps around the map if it goes out of the window. Before that, I tried to make it so that it bounced back in the opposite direction it hit the wall at, but there was a problem. The creature would, everytime without fail, get stuck. I realised this was because if it bounced back, the neural net would still tell it the same thing (almost!) and it would get trapped in a loop. So thus, the wrap:
I’ve also made it so that the creature, upon touching the enemy “dies”.
Furthermore, I’ve completely restructured the whole code so that it’s primed for implementing the genetic algorithm. I’ve added a class called Creature and organised my code from there.
Then, I added a population and currently the creatures spawn and gradually disappear when they hit the enemy. Some of them go in a sorta loop that allows them to avoid the enemy (which isn’t pre-coded, it’s on-the-spot). Others get trapped in a certain place because of conflicting signals. I plan so that these stagnated ones die out of hunger. That will only leave the ones that survive and avoid the enemies.
Here’s it in action: