AI isn’t just learning to play video games, it’s helping us build them

The creators of Unity, the most popular game engine in the world, recently launched a set of machine-learning tools that lay the groundwork for actual AI (not scripted computer opponents) in video games. Typically these kits include rendering aids and simple tools for training neural networks, but the beta release sent to developers promises to revolutionize video games, and provides machine-learning researchers with a perfect environment for training robot brains. The applications for the new agents go beyond just creating better first-person-shooters and role-playing games. Unity aims to take a weeks-long development cycle and trim that down to a couple of…

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