I'm interested mostly in the application of AI in gaming; in case this adjusts the way you answer, but general answers are more than welcome as well.
I was reading up on Neural Networks and combining them with Genetic Algorithms; my high-level understanding is that the Neural Networks are used to produce a result from the inputs, and the Genetic Algorithm is employed to constantly adjust the weights in the Neural Network until a good answer is found.
The concept of a Genetic Algorithm randomly mutating the weights on the inputs to a Neural Network makes sense to me; but I don't understand where this would be applied in respect to gaming.
For example, if I had some simple enemy AI that I want to have adapt to the players play-style, is this a good opportunity to implement the AI as a Genetic-Algorithm combined with a Neural Network?
With these different suitable applications, how does one go about deciding how to encode the problem in such a way that it can be mutated by the Genetic Algorithm and serve as suitable on/off inputs to a Neural Network (actually, are Neural Networks always designed as on off signals?)?