A new development in artificial intelligence (AI) harnesses the power of social interactions to learn more about the world.
Researchers at University of Tubingen in Germany have developed a Super Mario video game clone with new AI software that enables game characters Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, and Toad to talk to each other in plain English and learn by observing each other's actions. The characters, which are equipped with different abilities and limited knowledge, are motivated by four different objectives--food, health, completing the level, and learning more about the world--and cannot be directly controlled by users via keystrokes. The characters collaborate to achieve a common goal, and they are able to complete a level on their own through their own curiosity and social intelligence and very little, if any, explicit human instruction.
Researcher Fabian Schrodt says one of the main goals of the project is to make artificial social intelligence easier to teach, as well as advancing human-machine interaction in areas such as driving assistance.
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