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Robot Plays Pitfall!; Next Up, Thermonuclear Warfare

The only winning move is to, uh, avoid the scorpion?

The field of machine learning and intelligence is a serious and important area of scientific research right now. Machines that can learn from their mistakes or learn entirely new tasks promises a future of improved industrial automation and electronics that are literally smarter. Still, it's hard not to chuckle just a little bit when the researchers at Rutgers choose to use video of a learning algorithm figuring out how to play Pitfall! to show their work in progress. Of course, only a fool laughs in the face of his future lord and master, and I'll no doubt either be dead or working in the deepest darkest parts of the magnesium mines once they figure out the launch codes. Check out Post Position for more of the nuts and bolts behind the Object-Oriented Markov Decision Process that drives this AI, then check out this video to see a machine figure out how to play Pitfall! You'll have to decide for yourself whether to smile or be profoundly disturbed when it does its victory dance.

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Posted by Ryan

The field of machine learning and intelligence is a serious and important area of scientific research right now. Machines that can learn from their mistakes or learn entirely new tasks promises a future of improved industrial automation and electronics that are literally smarter. Still, it's hard not to chuckle just a little bit when the researchers at Rutgers choose to use video of a learning algorithm figuring out how to play Pitfall! to show their work in progress. Of course, only a fool laughs in the face of his future lord and master, and I'll no doubt either be dead or working in the deepest darkest parts of the magnesium mines once they figure out the launch codes. Check out Post Position for more of the nuts and bolts behind the Object-Oriented Markov Decision Process that drives this AI, then check out this video to see a machine figure out how to play Pitfall! You'll have to decide for yourself whether to smile or be profoundly disturbed when it does its victory dance.

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Posted by MasturbatingBear

oh shit!

Posted by Coltonio7

He plays better than I played...which is really sad.

Posted by Eddiejes

God help us all

Posted by ZeroCast
@MasturbatingBear said:
" oh shit! "
I thought you were dead!!

Anyways, Welcome Back.
Posted by theveej

NOT GOOD.


Posted by amandackrueger

Today, my boss was talking about this "Future Tech" thing he watched on the History Channel where scientists are researching how to make people into cyborgs. Skynet is just around the corner.

Posted by georgecletus

:D even robots can enjoy the classics

Posted by TobyD81

Quick, give it a copy of ET! That'll keep it busy for a while...

Posted by CowMuffins

Lets play Thermonuclear War. Lul it's not real silleh, just a game.

Posted by Out_On_Bail

man i used to love that game

Edited by Matte_G

I heard in the news the other day about one of those US drones killing 43 Taliban guys in Pakistan. That wasn't even the messed up part though, you see the Taleban guys where attending the funeral of a guy who the drone had killed a few days before.


IT KILLED A DUDE TO BAIT A TRAP FOR ALL HIS OTHER TALEBAN FRIENDS!


THIS SHIT IS REAL KIDS AND IT'S HAPPENING NOW
Posted by buzz_clik

Good luck with the scorpion, Mr Robot guy.

In other news, Pitfall > Pitfall II.

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Posted by DeadMonkeys

Laughed quite at bit at its approach to the ladder...

"Jumping, walking walking... OH GOD NOT YELLOW RUN AWAY. Ok, maybe it's OH GOD STILL NOT YELLOW. Maybe from the other OH GODDDDD!..."

Posted by Mercanis
@Matte_G said:
" I heard in the news the other day about one of those US drones killing 43 Taliban guys in Pakistan. That wasn't even the messed up part though, you see the Taleban guys where attending the funeral of a guy who the drone had killed a few days before.

IT KILLED A DUDE TO BAIT A TRAP FOR ALL HIS OTHER TALEBAN FRIENDS!


THIS SHIT IS REAL KIDS AND IT'S HAPPENING NOW
"
I think it's important to clarify that unmanned military drones are piloted remotely by humans.
Posted by Ineedaname

How about a nice game of chess?

Posted by GreggD

You know what else this should be filed under? Artificial intelligence.

Posted by Ryan
@Mercanis said:
" @Matte_G said:
" I heard in the news the other day about one of those US drones killing 43 Taliban guys in Pakistan. That wasn't even the messed up part though, you see the Taleban guys where attending the funeral of a guy who the drone had killed a few days before.

IT KILLED A DUDE TO BAIT A TRAP FOR ALL HIS OTHER TALEBAN FRIENDS!


THIS SHIT IS REAL KIDS AND IT'S HAPPENING NOW
"
I think it's important to clarify that unmanned military drones are piloted remotely by humans.
"
I dunno, I think I enjoy the paranoid-insane ramblings of Matte_G on their own.
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Posted by Undeadpool

It's happening! It's actually happening! EVERYBODY PANIC!

Edited by Stray_Swordsman

That computer is very happy it made it over the log.

Posted by Zajtalan

that was so awesome

Posted by JoelTGM

awesome

Posted by WilliamRLBaker

the youtube video doesn't work for me.

Posted by Crono

Haven't these researchers ever heard of Skynet?  Fools!

Posted by Lydian_Sel

THIS IS HORRIFYING!!!!

Maybe Davis can start up some sort of Giant Bomb Vault Initiative Fallout 3 style!!! We'll put Super Pitfall as the code to the doors so it'll slow em down a little.



Posted by tr1b3ta

did no one get what the terminator movies were trying to tell us?

Posted by atejas

Nanomachines.

Posted by Pazy

Thats right, give them video games to keep there minds off of it. As long as we keep making video games Skynet will never come! Though we will get a new TV Show, Korea vs. Computers: Starcraft Showdown.

Posted by EVO

Well, I guess this means we're all doomed. It's been nice knowing you all. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to find a cave and live off slime.

Posted by ArbitraryWater

So this is how Skynet is created.

Online
Posted by RandomBullet

So Terminator is based on true events? Huh..

Posted by strangeling

Uhm... I don't recall our hero sliding around so much, usually he's running full out.

Maybe I should click through and read the article?
Posted by Landmine
@Ryan said:
"@Mercanis said:
" @Matte_G said:
" I heard in the news the other day about one of those US drones killing 43 Taliban guys in Pakistan. That wasn't even the messed up part though, you see the Taleban guys where attending the funeral of a guy who the drone had killed a few days before.

IT KILLED A DUDE TO BAIT A TRAP FOR ALL HIS OTHER TALEBAN FRIENDS!


THIS SHIT IS REAL KIDS AND IT'S HAPPENING NOW
"
I think it's important to clarify that unmanned military drones are piloted remotely by humans.
"
I dunno, I think I enjoy the paranoid-insane ramblings of Matte_G on their own."

I want what Matte_G is smoking.
Posted by Milkman

Robot apocalypse. One step closer.

Posted by Winternet

Computers to take over Counter-Strike in 2010!

Posted by The_A_Drain

I'll go with profoundly disturbed. Robots doing a victory dance? Holy shit The Terminator was a scary ass movie for it's time, but if it had broken out in a victory dance on the bridge after killing Kyle i'dve fucking shit my pants.

Posted by geirr

Let's see it do Battletoads on the NES!

Posted by FlipperDesert

That AI's using save states, the cheating pirate! :l

Posted by Tebbit

So in 20 years we can imagine that blip blip blip noise at the end being replaced with the sound of our skulls being crushed under the irodclad boots of Cyborg Sam?

Posted by Azteck

..oh fuck..

We're all doomed!!

Posted by Media_Master

eh

Posted by stinky

protip: if you wiggled your joystick back and forth fast enough, pitfall hairy looked like an octopus.

Posted by CookieMonster

more like the river dance than a victory dance

Posted by Teirdome

Cripes, I'll try to get my old AI tic-tac-toe game that uses the same algorithm up here.  But really, this isn't that complex nor advanced.  I wrote more advanced stuff in college.

Posted by OmegaPirate
@DeadMonkeys said:
" Laughed quite at bit at its approach to the ladder..."Jumping, walking walking... OH GOD NOT YELLOW RUN AWAY. Ok, maybe it's OH GOD STILL NOT YELLOW. Maybe from the other OH GODDDDD!..." "
Lmfao - very true
Posted by Kiemoe

Soon it will be playing street fighter. Then we're screwed.

Posted by theMcNasty

Why are we researching this!?  Hasn't anyone been to the movies recently?

Posted by TheHBK

That dance does disturb me, SkyNet...

Posted by fox01313

While the only good clown is a dead clown, now with this youtube post, robots will soon also fall in this catagory.

Posted by Metric_Outlaw
@georgecletus said:
":D even robots can enjoy the classics "

Why don't you tell them that when they're enslaving your family.