So, I've been doing a hobby project in Unity to replicate a norn brain. I set up the lobes, SVRules and basic dendrites alright, but I'm scratching my head over dendrite connection/migration and instincts.
1. What's the deal with how the decision dendrites are connected? You can see that there's a wide swathe of concept neurons in the middle of the lobe which never connect to anything. Both standard and Canny norns look like this. Nova Subterra do look quite different, due to the larger lobe size.
At first I thought it was down to instinct processing making the brain structures similar, but a norn with no instincts and no decision dendrite migration looks the same.
2. In thís case, how does instinct processing even work? What if the norn's brain just doesn't have the right concept linkages at birth to result in the instinct's decision? Is that possible?
3. I figured the answer to 2 was dendrite migration, but I can't say I've actually seen a dendrite migrate, or seen conash/decash rise in a norn, while I've been monitoring. Given that the decision dendrites start at a low initial strength, shouldn't I be able to see SOME evidence of migration? It's unclear to me whether migration would be random or within the same fanout as the initial connections (in which case I'd never see a difference visually).
Cheers for any info you have, here's to everyone who's still developing for this game