Google AI beats humans at more classic arcade games than ever before

The Google DeepMind system playing the classic arcade games from the 1980s. First computers trounced humans at chess and now they’re beating us at video games. Google DeepMind’s AI made headlines last year when it was shown acing the classic arcade game Pong. Since then Google has been honing the algorithm’s joystick skills to the point where it can beat expert human players in even more games from the 1980s console, the Atari 2600. Yesterday DeepMind researchers revealed refinements to the system’s reinforcement learning software have improved the AI’s performance to the point where it can best people in 31 games. In the same set of tests, an earlier version of the DeepMind system only trumped people in about 20 games. The updates have brought the system close to…


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