Artificial Intelligence in Games News – Week 17
Welcome to the weekly roundup, where we draw your attention to everything newsworthy in artificial intelligence in games! If you’ve found or shared something that you think belongs here, contact us on Twitter! Last issue, we spoke about an updated game AI book at last and what Steve Ballmer is up to these days. You can find that here.
DARPA making trustworthy AI
Artificial intelligence is hard, neural networks find patterns in large data sets that it uses to make decisions. It’s not always clear how AI makes its choices and in ethical situations such as the military, it is essential that all decisions are well documented. The U.S. Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency is trying to end this by providing a research grant to Oregon State University. The professors will be using StarCraft to test an AI’s ability to explain its actions, with the hope of one day integrating the technology with everyday robotics.
Everything Oscar trailer
A few months back we shone the spotlight on a game called ‘Everything’, a game that lets you play as…. Everything. One thing that made it so appealing to us was its trailer and in amazing news the trailer is the first video game trailer to be nominated for an Oscar award! It will be competing in the best animated short film. This development is proof of the value games have in our society which continues to grow significantly.
Although this isn’t so much AI news, it does signal a wave of AI news about to hit us over the next week at this year’s E3 conference. EA are first with the big announcement about their new initiative, Seed (Search for Extraordinary Experiences Division). The program’s mission is to act as an incubator for the latest technology. Not much is known right now about what is happening behind the scenes, but one thing is very likely, AI is playing a huge part in it!
The Shadow AI in Killer Instinct
If you haven’t come across this guy’s videos before, then you’ve been missing out! Tommy Thompson has a YouTube channel dedicated to AI in games. In his videos, he deconstructs how the AI works in games in a way that is simple to understand. One of my personal favourites that has been mentioned before is his Alien Isolation video. In this video however, Tommy covers Killer Instinct and its shadow AI. Shadow AI can mimic your play style and let you play against it to find weaknesses in your strategy, or alternatively, you can play the shadow of your friends or world class players. How this works is all very fascinating and certainly worth a watch if you’re a fighting game enthusiast!
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