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AI learns how to play old platform games

By T.K. Randall
February 28, 2021 · Comment icon 9 comments

New algorithms enable the AI to play Atari 2600 games. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Georges Seguin
New computer algorithms designed to beat old 80s platformers could help robots navigate your home.
Intelligent computer algorithms capable of playing video games have been around for a while, however certain types of games - such as platform games - have long proven a challenge.

Now however, scientists have finally been able to develop algorithms capable of solving primitive platformers and these same techniques could also help robots to navigate the real world as well.

Known collectively as Go-Explore, the new algorithms have so far been able to tackle a number of retro 80s platform games such as Montezuma's Revenge (1984) and Pitfall (1982).

To achieve this, the team had the AI build up an archive of each area it had already visited.

"Our method is indeed pretty simple and straightforward, although that is often the case with scientific breakthroughs," wrote researchers Adrien Ecoffet, Joost Huizinga and Jeff Clune.

"The reason our approach hadn't been considered before is that it differs strongly from the dominant approach that has historically been used for addressing these problems in the reinforcement learning community, called 'intrinsic motivation'."

"In intrinsic motivation, instead of dividing exploration into returning and exploring like we do, the agent is simply rewarded for discovering new areas."

Eventually, AI algorithms will be able to navigate the environments of even the most complex games.

When that happens, the real world should be no challenge for them.

Source: BBC News | Comments (9)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Dreamer screamer 3 years ago
Small steps to the documentary the matrix film, which was a documentary.    When the ants build your technology so small one piece at a time where the ants didn't quite put the dots together to what they're building.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Grey Area 3 years ago
The Matrix was a philosophical commentary. It was ground breaking for a number of reasons, its cinematography and its live action depiction of the cyber punk genre. It was not however original in its concept and borrowed elements from other stories, not least of which the anime Ghost in the Shell. A documentary it is not.  And humans would make awful batteries, they should have just exterminated humanity and used geo-thermal power, it’s even commented on that Zion is kept warm due to its proximity to the core so we know that would have been a viable option. I still love the Matrix, but it ... [More]
Comment icon #3 Posted by Dreamer screamer 3 years ago
Clearly don't know who you are.  
Comment icon #4 Posted by Guyver 3 years ago
And Spinal Tap was a Rockumentary.  Anyway, the AI machines will take over the world eventually, it’s just a matter of time.  And in comparison to them, we may eventually be considered bio waste.
Comment icon #5 Posted by third_eye 3 years ago
aaaaaaaand.... this thread is a mockumentary...  *ba-dump-boom'pish* ~
Comment icon #6 Posted by Occupational Hubris 3 years ago
Phsst... talk to me when an AI beats the first castlevania 
Comment icon #7 Posted by Dreamer screamer 3 years ago
We're biological robots programmable from birth.  
Comment icon #8 Posted by SD455GTO 3 years ago
When they can figure out Defender and Stargate, I'll be impressed.
Comment icon #9 Posted by mesuma 3 years ago
but has no thumbs to play

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