February 26, 2015 | Rohan

I enjoy playing computer games but I'm never very good at them. So I feel humbled to learn that a machine not only taught itself to play games but plays some better than any human!

Computer scientists at DeepMind in London created an artificial intelligence (AI) which isn't told in advance how to play games but has to figure them out. It's goal is to improve its own score at whatever game it plays.

Previously AI had to be specifically programmed to play games such as chess. This general-purpose AI thinks creatively, more like a human.


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DeepMind gave its AI 49 classic computer games to explore. Within hours it could play 29 of them better than any human.


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Dr. Who

June 18, 2015 at 18:37

Humans are simply robots “I Robot” with an excellent AI capability due to the grey matter. The human hardware is made from flexible organic material, probably nature prefers hardware made out of carbon chemistry. The hardware made from organic stuff has evolved over 100s of millions of years, all made from 3 to 4 angstrom wide various types atoms, that make up human’s organic Lego components. Human organic Lego components are prone to regular tear and wear hence get demolished, that triggers the downer state in human grey matter that leads to food craving, so, humans need to fuel up every few hours by guzzling down vast quantity of organic matter. Most of the organic fuel gets used up to make new organic Lego components. This craving for fuel by human body can become addiction as humans munch down more Uppers to combat downer state, hence human tend to weigh between 15 to 50 stones, the heavy hitters are known as beached whale. Modern humans are trying to master the DNA genome coding to make spare organs, limbs from organic Lego components. Hopefully by year 2030 new head could be ordered on internet.

Michael Ernst

March 24, 2015 at 23:31

It might happen but it might also be that machines are smarter than us and then help humans to defeat disease or even defeat death. Every new technology can be used for the good and for the bad, unfortunately.


March 2, 2015 at 18:52

I know it only happens in films and books but.. what if these THINGS get out of hand and maybe something bad happens?? It's written up there that they are extremely smart and even taught itself to play computer games! And beat its own score!! So what if this really happens?? : (

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