AI System Can Recreate Video Games It Observes

I wouldn’t be surprised if one day AI systems ruled the world. While there are skeptics, most people in the technological industry remain pretty optimistic. And with good reason. A system built by researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology can recreate video games by observing them for only 2 minutes.

The team did this by training the AI on footage of two distinct types of players making their way through Level 1 of Super Mario Brothers. One that adopted an “explorer” style of play and the other a “speedrunner” style, where they headed straight for the goal.

The system managed to rebuild an accurate representation of the game with only minor deviations. It’s impressive and also far less creepy than an AI creating its own language.

“Our AI creates the predictive model without ever accessing the game’s code, and makes significantly more accurate future event predictions than those of convolutional neural networks,”

Okay, so its capabilities are still sort of spooky, but useful, nonetheless. The program, which is algorithm-based, could be vital in pattern recognition, among other things. In the end, the model is an effective training method that can also be easily controlled by users — phew!

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AI Creates Realistic Worlds From Memories

People have very differing opinions on the value of artificial intelligence. Some are skeptical, while others are optimistic. Either way, there is no denying that AI is becoming increasingly powerful. In fact, they can now create realistic worlds based on their memories.

[The] AI works from rough layouts that tell it what should be in each part of the image. The centre of the image might be labelled “road” while other sections are labelled “trees” or “cars” – it’s painting by numbers for an AI artist.

The AI, called an imaginative neural network, functions on an algorithm that essentially knows what goes where.

[Creator] Chen’s system starts by processing a photo of a real street it hasn’t seen before, but that has been labelled so the AI knows which bits are supposed to be cars, people, roads and so on. The AI then uses this layout as a guide to generate a completely new image.

While developers are trying to come up with a more practical use for the technology, it’s safe to say future video games will be out of this world.

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