Machines learn to play videogames – human race saved

Good news everyone, we no longer need to fear the machines becoming sentient and wiping out humanity, thanks to a hero coder they’re going to be far to busy playing videogames.

This John Connor of programming is Seth Bling, who has built the snappily name MarI/O to be able to play Super Mario World. Seth is already well known in gaming circles for “speedrunning” games (that is, completing them in the fastest time possible) and also for discovering a glitch that allowed the game to be completed in under six minutes so you might think he’s programmed his knowledge into MarI/O but this is not the case. Instead the program “learns” by playing, just as us poor meatsacks have to, by going back to the start every time and trying something different.

This means that MarI/O’s style of play is somewhat unorthodox as it simply concentrates on not dying rather than collecting coins or amassing points by killing enemies, in fact, it didn’t even understand the basic premise of the side scroller. to keep going right to get to the end of the level. But thanks to it’s total lack of the hunger, thirst, frustration and reasonable bedtimes that beset human players it was able to figure out a safe route to the end of the level in just 24 hours.

Better yet, Seth has released the code so that others can adapt and improve it, so look out for others coming soon and give thanks to Seth that while one day the machines may crush humanity, it will only be in a team deathmatch.

Source Slashgear Image Source: Darrell Jones

Darrell Jones

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  • Mr. T

    Interesting, self learning AI would most definitely make games more challenging against the human counterpart.

  • Interesting, self learning AI would most definitely make games more challenging against the human counterpart.