12 Reasons Robots Will Always Have An Advantage Over Humans

We puny humans can be depressingly fragile and flawed, a realization that's all the more discouraging when we consider the incredible potential for robots. Here are 12 reasons why machines will always have the edge over us meatbags. » 12/16/14 3:49pm 12/16/14 3:49pm

Transcendence Has Some Of The Dumbest Smart People We've Ever Seen

What went wrong with Transcendence? This movie was supposed to be the new science-fiction hotness. An original storyline about artificial intelligence and brain-uploading, the directorial debut of Chris Nolan's cinematographer Wally Pfister, a great cast... and yet, it's getting widely panned. Why did the A.I.… » 4/18/14 1:06pm 4/18/14 1:06pm

Maybe We Can't Handle Smart Enemies In Our Games

In an ideal world, video games are advanced enough to give us "smart" enemies—you know, the type of foes that provide a meaningful challenge because they use actual tactics. "Dumb" AI, by contrast, is often critiqued and made fun of—most players have head-shaking stories about a game with enemies that run straight at… » 3/12/14 1:30pm 3/12/14 1:30pm

A Minecraft Player Just Created What Could Be The Beginnings of…

My biggest accomplishments in Minecraft so far have been building my dream home (complete with fireplace, library, greenhouse, and swimming pool) and a five-way track switcher that I definitely did not copy off a Youtube video. Redditor AllUpInHyuh, on the other hand, created what he or she is calling "a working… » 3/23/13 7:30pm 3/23/13 7:30pm

Computer Learns to Play Civilization by Reading the Instruction Manual

Starting from nothing, a computer taught itself to read the instruction manual for Civilization and saw its rate of victory jump from 46 percent to 79 percent. » 7/13/11 8:30pm 7/13/11 8:30pm

Can You Beat A Computer At One Of The World's Oldest Games?

As the world continues its love affair with Watson. the Jeopardy champion computer, The New York Times creates a simple online game that demonstrates how an artificial intelligence can outsmart a human at a slightly simpler game. » 3/07/11 2:00pm 3/07/11 2:00pm

So what does this Rock, Paper, Scissors robot teach us? Even a game that…

Can A Super Smart Computer Teach Game Characters To Be As Stupid As…

Supercomputer Watson can best the best of us in Jeopardy, but can it make the games we play at home more challenging and fun? » 2/21/11 10:00am 2/21/11 10:00am

A Robot That Knows How To Read

Teaching a robot to recognize symbols is one thing; teaching a robot to actually read and understand those symbols is another thing entirely, but researchers in the UK are getting the job done, thanks to a little artificial intuition. » 12/06/10 2:30pm 12/06/10 2:30pm

How Gaming Helped Create A SexBot's Skin-Deep Personality

If you can get past the skin-soft silicon, the over-sexualized mouth, the transparent nightie and uncomfortably-separated thighs, Douglas Hines latest invention could offer some interesting insight into the way games interact with people. » 1/13/10 2:00pm 1/13/10 2:00pm

AI Convention Features StarCraft Competition

The 2010 conference on Artificial Intelligence and Interactive Digital Entertainment (AIIDE) is hosting a StarCraft competition where contestants craft bots to pit against one another in four different tournaments. » 11/12/09 9:40pm 11/12/09 9:40pm

EVE Expansion Breeds Tougher Enemies

EVE Online players had better start gearing up for battle now, as the Apocrypha expansion unleashes a whole new breed of tougher non-player character enemies upon the universe. » 1/30/09 10:20am 1/30/09 10:20am

EKI One Middleware To Bring Mixed Emotions

Emotional attachment is a rare quality in video games. It takes a particular combination of good writing and good design to draw you in to a character's world and stop you seeing an avatar as just another bunch of pixels. » 8/18/08 5:30pm 8/18/08 5:30pm