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Robots will learn to play Doom the same way humans do

They will then compete against each other in a competition to see who’s the best.

AFTER GOOGLE’S OWN artificial intelligence (AI) robot AlphaGo defeated the world champion of Go, the next step to help develop AI was to go for video games.

And that’s what’s going to happen with one competition. The 2016 Computational Intelligence and Games (CIG) Conference will host a number of competitions where AI play popular games like the classic first-person shooter Doom.

The 1993 game – generally considered to be one of the most influential titles released – will be played by robots. But instead of programming them so they can play it, they will only be allowed learn the game the same way humans do.

Usually, AI in games already know the map and location of powerups and weapons, but these bots will start off blank and learn by playing it.

The organisers are encouraging those competing to use a process called reinforcement deep learning. This process sees the AI learning and performing actions, while the creators reward it when it gets something right. The same method was used to train up AlphaGo.

The robots will compete in a deathmatch tournament consisting of two modes. The first will only give them rocket launchers, and leave health and ammo around the map, while the second will be an unknown map where all weapons from the game are included.

The competition is accepting entries until the end of May, and the best entries will compete in September.

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