Artificial intelligence can learn Atari games from scratch, say scientists (+video)

February 25, 2015 11:35 PM

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Artificial intelligence can learn Atari games from scratch, say scientists (+video)

Led by researchers Demis Hassabis and Volodymyr Mnih, Google-owned DeepMind Technologies has created an artificial intelligence capable of playing simple video games with minimal training. They described their breakthrough today in Nature.

Dubbed the deep Q-network agent (or DQN), DeepMind’s program can play a number of popular Atari 2600 titles, including ‘Pong,’ ‘Space Invaders,’ and ‘Breakout.’ According to the study, it is “the first artificial agent that is capable of learning to excel at a diverse array of challenging tasks.”

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