Artificial Intelligence Could Prevent the Next Video Game Animation Disaster

How artificial intelligence could prevent the next video game animation disaster

  • Human character animation has gotten much better over the years, but it’s still one of the most recognizable issues when enjoying video games.
  • The uncanny valley is a particularly hard one to escape.Now, a research team from the University of Edinburgh has developed a new way to animate game characters using neural net computing, which could help developers make more fluid and realistic animations, while decreasing the system resources and time involved.
  • What exactly makes this different from other animation methods, and what’s happening in the neural net to make the magic happen?Neural networks (or NNs) are a way to train a computer with millions of differently weighted data points.
  • “We change the weights of the neural network depending on what point in time in the locomotion cycle the character is,” explained Holden, those weights being the data that influences what the animation will be.
  • It took 30 hours of NN training and 4 million data points to create the animation in the video and, to me, it looks pretty good.

Human character animation has gotten much better over the years, but it’s still one of the most recognizable issues when enjoying video games. Animations are normally a predetermined set of canned motions, and while real enough looking in the right setting, can totally break the immersive experience when they stray out of bounds. The uncanny valley is a particularly hard one to escape.
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Robot Cars Can Learn to Drive without Leaving the Garage

.@DeepLearn007 🌀 #Robot Cars Can Learn to Drive without Leaving Garage #AI #DL #autonomous ⏩

  • The researchers tested their system on new images and found that it could discern road features fairly accurately.
  • I am the senior editor for AI at MIT Technology Review .
  • Some video games are now so visually realistic that they can let a computer vision learn about the real world (see ” Self-Driving Cars Can Learn a Lot by Playing Grand Theft Auto “).
  • Researchers at Princeton University recently developed a computer vision and mapping system that gathered useful information about the physical properties of roads by studying Google Street View and comparing the scenes to the information provided in open-source mapping data.
  • The researchers trained their system using 150,000 Street View panoramas.

Playing video games and surfing Google Street View can teach software a lot about driving.
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Tech giants open virtual worlds to bevy of AI programs : Nature News & Comment

Tech giants open virtual worlds to bevy of #AI programs

  • About 100 research labs are probably using the 3D world Malmo, made by Microsoft Research, to investigate artificial intelligence.
  • Tech giants open virtual worlds to bevy of AI programs
  • The company initially created the world to train its own AI programs.
  • Virtual worlds are also particularly useful for developing AIs that are destined to eventually operate as physical robots, says Hofmann, because such environments are cheaper to customize, and faster and safer to practise in than the real world.
  • Now that the environment is open, the company hopes that other researchers will help to make the environments more challenging for the algorithms. “

Artificial-intelligence algorithms can learn a lot from playing immersive 3D video games.
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Gamasutra

DeepMind and Blizzard team up to release API aimed at #AI enhancement  #gamedev

  • DeepMind has been using games to teach AI agents how to function in complex and sometimes unpredictable situations for a while now.
  • Booz Allen Hamilton – San Antonio, Texas, United States [11.04.16] Lead Game Developer
  • The company plans to make the interface available to AI researchers and developers next year.
  • Eyestorm Productions – Los Angeles, California, United States [11.04.16] Lead HTML 5 Developer
  • Blizzard’s release of the API will open the field for programmers to create and train their own AI agents to play StarCraft II .

What’s next for Google’s DeepMind AI system after mastering Atari 2600 games and defeating expert level Go players? The APM-driven and sometimes chaotic multiplayer of StarCraft II.
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Video Games Are So Realistic That They Can Teach AI What the World Looks Like

Video games are so realistic they can teach AI what the world looks like

  • Video games allow researchers to create labelled images much more quickly than when they work with real photos.
  • But you can cull so many labelled images from games that their sheer number makes up for the lack of detail in individual images.
  • Not only that, but commercial video games could kick artificial intelligence research into high gear by dramatically lessening the time and money required to train AI.
  • Video Games Are So Realistic That They Can Teach AI What the World Looks Like
  • Video games aren’t advanced enough to be indistinguishable from reality, and so real images are still preferred.

And they’re only getting better.
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Can AI and Sensors Power the Next Generation of Traffic Lights?

Can #AI and #Sensors Power the Next Generation of Traffic Lights?   #IoT

  • Like reinforcement learning, deep learning also takes inspiration from the human brain.
  • When it’s combined with reinforcement learning, it makes the search for the best solution more efficient.
  • While traffic lights do use sensors to try and make slightly more intelligent decisions than perhaps they once did, they are still fairly dumb tools for regulating the flow of traffic.
  • The researchers believe reinforcement learning provides just such a capability .
  • A recent Chinese study explores whether machine learning can do a better job.

Driverless cars are one thing, but sensor-bearing traffic lights that learn and adapt could be hitting the streets in short order. Read on to find out more.
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Video Games Are So Realistic That They Can Teach AI What the World Looks Like

Video games are so realistic they can teach AI what the world looks like

  • Video games allow researchers to create labelled images much more quickly than when they work with real photos.
  • But you can cull so many labelled images from games that their sheer number makes up for the lack of detail in individual images.
  • Not only that, but commercial video games could kick artificial intelligence research into high gear by dramatically lessening the time and money required to train AI.
  • Video Games Are So Realistic That They Can Teach AI What the World Looks Like
  • Video games aren’t advanced enough to be indistinguishable from reality, and so real images are still preferred.

And they’re only getting better.
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