You’d think computers would be naturally pretty good at videogames - they run the things, after all, so they know all the rules. But it turns out, teaching a machine to play games designed for humans is pretty complicated. And when you do, strange things can happen - even in a game as simple as Q*bert.
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The Verge reports on a team of researchers at the University of Freiburg in Germany who have been teaching AIs to play 1980s Atari games. They’re studying a kind of AI that uses what’s called “evolutionary algorithms” as a form of machine learning, and testing the results by having algorithms attempt to play through simple videogames.