What’s the latest game AI has pwnd humans at?

Answer: Ms. Pac-Man

by / June 15, 2017

Artificial intelligence (AI) has already killed it on Jeopardy. It’s also beat us at chess, and it recently took down the world’s top Go player. But now it’s come for our video games — the robots have bested us at Ms. Pac-Man.

Maluuba, a deep learning company owned by Microsoft, used a type of AI called reinforcement learning to play a perfect game of the Atari-2600 version of Ms. Pac-Man. The final score: the maximum 999,990.

Microsoft reports that while researchers have taught AI to play a number of video games, Ms. Pac-Man has been the most difficult. The team at Maluuba used a method in which more than 150 AI agents worked together on different pieces of the game to achieve a common goal. Because this is similar to how the human brain may work, it could have far-reaching implications for how AI learns new tasks.