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In a first, an AI taught itself to play a video game, and is beating humans

In a new study, researchers detailed a way to train AI algorithms to reach human levels of performance in a popular 3D multiplayer game - a modified version of Quake III Arena in Capture the Flag mode

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Maude Lavanchy Amit Joshi
Since the earliest days of virtual chess and solitaire, video games have been a playing field for developing artificial intelligence (AI). Each victory of machine against human has helped make algorithms smarter and more efficient. But in order to tackle real world problems – such as automating complex tasks including driving and negotiation – these algorithms must navigate more complex environments than board games, and learn teamwork. Teaching AI how to work and interact with other players to succeed had been an insurmountable task – until now.
In a new study, researchers detailed a way to train AI

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First Published: May 31 2019 | 8:25 AM IST

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