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Learnfun and Playfun: A Nintendo Automation System



Tom Murphy explores the automation of Nintendo Entertainment System game playing, using the mathematically elegant and amusingly simple techniques of lexicographic ordering and time travel.


Tom Murphy VII is a professional software-person and whimsical research-hobbyist who has made over one jillion miscellaneous thingies. His specialty is creating under duress: Games, music, writing, fonts, and so on; this helps to explain both the quantity and the spottiness. He did his Ph.D. at Carnegie Mellon on the theory and practice of modal type systems for distributed programming.

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Jan 23, 2014

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  • Where is the demo?

    by Asa Ayers,

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    The demo, which I think sounds like the most interesting part is just cut off the end of the video.

  • Re: Where is the demo?

    by Tom Murphy,

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    The demo was in a different room and not recorded, sorry. BUT, there are several good videos online with lots of demos of it playing:

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