Social Media Sidebar

Announcement

Please sign up, comment on articles and bring your friends!

Current poll

PlanetTech is asking:

What do you think about our new web site?

Love it, indeed
Really good solution
Same as old one
The old one was better
This is a new option

Quote of the day

We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology.

 

Carl Sagan

Google’s DeepMind A.I. takes on something even more complicated than go: StarCraft II

RATE THIS! +22
Posted in Games on 6th Nov, 2016 01:33 PM by AlexMuller

Researchers can now use Google’s A.I. to test various theories for ways that machines can learn to make sense of complicated systems, in this case a real-time strategy game. In StarCraft II, players fight one another by gathering resources to pay for defensive and offensive units.

 

It has a healthy competitive community that is known for having a ludicrously high skill level. But considering that DeepMind A.I. has previously conquered complicated turn-based games like chess and go, a real-time strategy game makes sense as the next frontier.

 
The companies announced the collaboration today at the BlizzCon fan event in Anaheim, California, and Google’s DeepMind A.I. division posted a blog about the partnership and why StarCraft II is so ideal for machine-learning research.
 
“StarCraft is an interesting testing environment for current AI research because it provides a useful bridge to the messiness of the real-world,” reads Google’s blog. “The skills required for an agent to progress through the environment and play StarCraft well could ultimately transfer to real-world tasks.”
 
Most notably, StarCraft requires players to send out scouts to learn information. To succeed, the player then needs to retain and act on that information over a long period of time with ever-changing variables.
 
“This makes for an even more complex challenge as the environment becomes partially observable,” Google’s blog explains. “[That’s] an interesting contrast to perfect information games such as chess or go. And this is a real-time strategy game where both players are playing simultaneously, so every decision needs to be computed quickly and efficiently.”
 
If you’re wondering how much humans will have to teach A.I. about how to play and win at StarCraft, the answer is very little. DeepMind learned to beat the best go players in the world by teaching itself through trial and error. All the researchers had to do was explain how to determine success, and the A.I. can then begin playing games against itself on a loop while always reinforcing any strategies that lead to more success.
 
For StarCraft, that will likely mean asking the A.I. to prioritize how long it survives and/or how much damage it does to the enemy’s primary base. Or, maybe, researchers will find that defining success in a more abstract way will lead to better results, discovering the answers to all of this is the entire point of Google and Blizzard teaming up.

Tags: GoogleDeepMindStarcraftgameAIsoftware

Read original article » Back to category

Comments

Author: Guest
Posted: 2016-12-26
+0
Asking for something before attacking is an old old old robber's trick.A cigarette, the time, a light, spare change, anything.It distracts, and put the victim in the servant mental pontiios.When someone you don't know approaches you with demands, put your hand on or near your gun and ratchet it up to condition red. Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2016-12-26
+0
Asking for something before attacking is an old old old robber's trick.A cigarette, the time, a light, spare change, anything.It distracts, and put the victim in the servant mental pontiios.When someone you don't know approaches you with demands, put your hand on or near your gun and ratchet it up to condition red. Reply


 

Recent headlines

  • Posted in Hardware on 2017-02-27 17:35:34
    UK robotics research gets £17.3m pledge..read more
    Posted in Software on 2017-02-27 17:25:34
    Google brings voice-activated digital assistant to more.....read more
    Posted in Science on 2017-02-27 17:21:09
    New UN climate chief: 'Action on warming unstoppable'..read more
    Posted in Business on 2017-02-27 02:13:08
    Artificial Intelligence To Streamline Commercial Business..read more
    Posted in Science on 2017-02-27 02:01:08
    NASA Studying Manned Trip Around the Moon After Prod From.....read more
Posted in Business on 2013-10-10 01:33
China is working towards a manned lunar mission in about.....read more
Posted in Business on 2013-10-20 07:17
Spacex says China is their main competitor for commercial.....read more
Posted in Software on 2013-10-20 06:43
Pirate Bay Browser Clocks 1,000,000 Downloads..read more
Posted in Medicine on 2013-10-10 02:10
Google reportedly investing hundreds of millions into new.....read more
Posted in Medicine on 2013-10-14 03:13
Endothelial Cells Can Repair and Regenerate Organs,.....read more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
Spacex says China is their main competitor for commercial.....read more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
Staring at Your Phone Could Be Making You Short Sighted..read more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
Oculus Rift virtual reality headset coming to mobile, but.....read more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
China is working towards a manned lunar mission in about.....read more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
Delivering drugs via nanoparticles to target mitochondria..read more

Recent Blog Posts

  • Posted by AlexMuller
    How a Western diet leads to overeating and obesity..read more
    Posted by AlexMuller
    High dietary red meat intake linked to common bowel condition.....read more
    Posted by AlexMuller
    Viruses in genome important for our brain..read more
    Posted by AlexMuller
    The moon is older than scientists thought..read more
    Posted by AlexMuller
    How stress may increase risk of heart disease and stroke..read more

Login to your Account

Login to your PlanetTech Account here

Username:
Password:
Remember me
or

Create a New Account

You just need username and password

The following errors occured:
Username:
Email:
Password:
Verify password:
Remember me