Artificial Intelligence: The Toughest Gaming Rival You Will Encounter In 2019!
By Saheli Roy Chowdhuri
It’s the starting of a new year, and if 2018 was anything to go by, 2019 will be packed with some truly unique advancements in technology. The best part? If you’re ready to put in the effort, you can be a part of this incredible technological revolution.
Indeed, the battle between human and machines dates far back. If you are a gamer, you’ll be familiar with these three options ‘easy, normal and hard’ offered by any game played against the computer. Of course, this was years ago and then came the paradigm shift in the gaming industry with an IBM supercomputer called Deep Blue competing against world chess champion Garry Kasparov. Now, we have AI capable of learning novel game tactics on the go and displaying, what one can say, its own personality as a gamer to blur the lines between human intelligence and machine intelligence.
Artificial intelligence marked a new beginning in gaming and you’ll be surprised by the advancements happening in this field today.
AI vs AI turns humans into surprised spectators
An AI developed by DeepMind, a subsidiary of Alphabet, recently defeated the three best AI players and reigning champions in complex board games. That left the best human player gasping for breath as a spectator.
Going by the name AlphaZero, the AI demonstrated aggressive playstyle and novel tactics in chess to impress the chess grandmaster Matthew Sadler. It is thought that the AI’s unseen strategies and gameplay pose as potential teaching tools for human players and do raise the bar.
AlphaZero defeated record holding AI’s in boardgames like Chess, Go and Shogi.
AI and DL will be the brains of future gaming
AI and complex learning algorithms are the grey matter behind AphaZero’s success which only teaches the basic rules of the game. By employing what is known as reinforcement learning, the AI then played against itself millions of times and learned game winning strategies completely by itself. AlphaZero learned chess in 9 hours to become a grandmaster.
But that’s not all, AI’s role is much bigger than beating human players in a game. For instance, AI in games today is employed to create life-like and highly immersive environments by controlling non-player characters essential for story building.
Further, AI is making a user’s gaming experience unique and different from other players by mapping a player’s gameplay. This is a crucial aspect as game AI will profile different human players and create gameplay best suited for each one of them.
Game developers have match winning opportunities
Taking into consideration that the global gaming market has reached over $115 billion in 2018 with mobile gaming industry accounting for nearly half of all global gaming revenue, one can say that game developer with a thorough knowledge of Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning is in for unmatched career opportunities.
If you are a fan of Fortnite, you’ll be amazed to know that a company by the name Visor bagged funding of $4.7 million to employ deep learning to give gamers real time advice.
The gaming industry is a big market for AI
Upskilling yourself with AI and DL knowledge will help you prepare for a career in the gaming industry. Game developers and professionals looking to work in the gaming industry will essentially require DL and AI skills to match the needs of an AI driven gaming industry. So be a part of the AI workforce to understand and help the gaming industry flourish in the long run.