Facebook has built a world-class, murderous, Doom-playing AI

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Researchers from Facebook have built a highly efficient piece of artificial intelligence (AI), programmed to slaughter anything in its path. Luckily, it can only play “Doom”. A team from the social network blasted its way to glory this week in a contest to build programs capable of autonomously playing the classic first-person shooter game. Called VizDoom, it’s an irreverent test of skill for AI researchers, focused on eight-player deathmatches. Think your software is smart? Prove it: Defeat your rivals in a bloody eight-player shoot-out. (Engadget’s Aaron Soupporis has talked to some of the human teams, and written a deep dive on their strategies and the outcome of the matches.) AI, of wildly varying levels of sophistication, has been in games since the…


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