AI & Video Games
By Mike Thacker-Cooke
1st September 2017

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is some of the most talked about technology of the future, people are wondering where it is going, how it can be used and what impact it is going to have on our lives. But the development of AI has been going on for years, especially when we look at video games.

The mass development and growth of AI can be attributed to the gaming industry, as they have been using this technology for years, and developers have been learning from it.

Autonomous cars

In America an AI researcher used the artificial intelligence in the video game ‘Grand Theft Auto’ to teach the AI in self-driving cars to understand stop signs. As the game produced different versions of stop signs in different situations, e.g. in fog, rain or sun, he was able to teach the algorithm in his AI how to recognise these signs when on the road.

The game was also able to teach these cars how to drive on the simulated roads. By attaching a piece of software called ‘Deep Dive’ into the game the AI was able to take control of the virtual car and learn how to drive and understand dangerous situations.

Real world

Through using AI in video games, AI can learn how to interact with the user (the human), and can apply this to the real world. The AI is learning how to communicate with each other and the ‘humans’, and can start to understand and learn the needs of the player. This can be beneficial for when the AI does meet the real world.

Competing

AI is not just learning through video games it is competing in them, anyone who has played any video game before will be familiar with playing against the computer. In newer games, this computer can now be called AI. The virtual opponent is learning the players style and working out how to beat them. It was only in the past year that an AI beat the world’s best Go player – a game which required the AI to continually learn.

Video games really are helping developers and researchers to understand AI, and progress it. I’m fascinated to see where this can go and how else video games can help with emerging technologies.

Do you think video games benefit AI? How else do you think they can help? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

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