Artificial intelligence is helping video gamers create better games
Technological innovation is ushering in an entirely new era of video games
One of the industries that is more familiar with artificial intelligence (AI) is, undoubtedly, the video game industry. Ever since the beginning, gamers are in a constant fight against a computer-controlled contender that sometimes can be unbeaten. Those were the beginnings of this technology and, of course, development will continue to evolve just as it can be seen right now, with machines learning from players and analyzing data sometimes better than a human.
This is one of the sectors that can truly be explored, with AI technology applied to video games to improve the overall experience. “One of the very earliest things that people tried to do with this sort of burgeoning field was getting it to play chess and get to play chess well, and, obviously, that eventually happened with Deep Blue,” said Matthew Guzdial, an AI researcher and assistant professor at the University of Alberta. According to Guzdial, for example, in the subfield of machine learning, it is just a matter of teaching these algorithms on how to learn on their own. “A game is fully observable in a way that much of the real world isn’t,” adds Guzdial. “Most importantly, it has rewards. It has a notion of ‘you are doing well’ or ‘you are doing badly.’ Building up those kinds of functions in life is extremely complicated.” All the feedback that machines get from players finishing levels or earning coins, etc., is a key source for the development of these algorithms.
The future of AI seems to be even more pretentious, and the next level will be to train AI to create its own video games on the go. For instance, a machine watching hours of people playing a certain video game, including YouTube videos, will figure out the rules of the game. Afterward, with another algorithm, AI can create new levels taking as a base those rules it just learned. This, in turn, will help developers create games that are highly advanced, but easier to create. What waits to be seen in the next couple of years is going to be fascinating.