Forget Doomsday AI—Google Is Worried about Housekeeping Bots Gone Bad

Getty ImagesTom Murphy graduated from Carnegie Melon University with a PhD in computer science. Then he built software that learned to play Nintendo games. In some cases, the system works well. Playing Super Mario, for instance, it learns to exploit a bug in the game, stomping on enemy Goombas even when floating below them. It can rack up points by attacking the game with a reckless abandon you and I would never try. But in other cases, it fizzles. It scores fewer points in Tetris than it would by merely placing blocks at random. And when it’s on the verge of losing, it pauses the game—permanently. Like Joshua, the artificial intelligence in the 1983 sci-fi classic WarGames, Murphy’s system appears to realize that sometimes the only winning move is not…


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