The subtitle of this project idea is “Orange vomit and dead Smurf” … I will explain later how we ended up with a subtitle like this.
The last project idea about value judgement suggested to test if we can evolve Markov Brains (MB) to distinguish if a retina or a single bit channel contains more zeros than ones (or vice versa). I think it would be interesting to combine both problems with each other. We discussed the following experiment in class: If shown a screen with red and green dots you can tell which color has more dots. Similarly you can hold a vibrating device in each of your hands and tell which one vibrates with a higher frequency or intensity. When holding only one device and seeing a screen with dots of one color you would still be able to pass a judgement about the question “Do you see more dots than the device vibrates?”. This might require you to define the maximum vibration and the maximum number of dots, but never the less you could give an answer. This answer will make a statement about two very different types of perception and your judgement about each sensors relative intensity to each other, but you will be able to do it.
Similarly I suggest to evolve an MB to judge on two separate sensorial inputs, and perform the cross comparison after the brain was evolved. Will a MB be able to make such comparison? The sensor modalities for the MB will be a little different than the last experiment, but that is a minor problem.
However, it would be interesting to find out if selecting a brain to perform each of the two judgements alone is sufficient to allow the cross sensor judgement or if one has to select for this ability at least somehow?