Artificial Intelligence: The Clever Ways Video Games Are Used To Train AIs

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Who says you can’t get smart playing video games? Although the idea of spending hours playing video games isn’t usually recommended for humans to increase their intelligence, the realistic 3-D graphics and environments of many video games just might make video games the perfect learning tool for artificial intelligence.

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The data problem

AI algorithms get smarter and learn to perform tasks by being fed enormous amounts of data. When you’re Facebook, this doesn’t present a huge obstacle. Facebook creates huge data sets daily and also has the financial capability to close any gaps. There are millions of photographs on Facebook that are already labeled which then helps its AI algorithm know who to tag on future images. But aside from huge data-generating companies, the majority of companies don’t acquire the volumes of data required to properly train AI algorithms.

In addition, humans just don’t have the time and patience to spend teaching AI algorithms EVERYTHING they need to know. But video games have patience and time in abundance.

Assassin’s Creed inspires computer scientist to use video games to train AI

When Adrien Gaidon, a computer scientist at Xerox Research Center Europe, saw the trailer for the video game Assassin’s Creed he was fooled into thinking it was a trailer for a movie because of its realistic look. When he realized it was actually computer generated imagery (CGI), he thought if he could be fooled into thinking video games were real, perhaps AI algorithms could be too.

Gaidon and his team used Unity, a widely used game development engine for 3-D video games, to create scenes to help train deep-learning algorithms. Not only did they create synthetic environments, but they imported a real scene into the virtual world. This allows them to compare the effectiveness of training algorithms with virtual environments against those trained by real images. His testing continues.

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