Researchers equip Mario characters with social intelligence

Scientists have designed artificial intelligence software to apply social skills [PDF], based on human thinking and behaviour, to popular video game characters such as Mario, Luigi, Yoshi and Toad from the Super Mario Bros franchise. The German team, based at Tübingen University’s Cognitive Modeling group, explained that although smart systems are playing an increasing role in gaming, social intelligence is still lacking. ‘While artificial intelligence has made tremendous progress in the field of computer gaming, artificial social intelligence is frequently no more than a marginal feature in the shadow of theoretical applications,’ said one of the team’s developers Fabian Schrodt. Led by Professor Martin Butz, the researchers taught the game characters to watch and communicate with each other, as well as to learn from their surroundings. This was achieved through attaching a cognitive…


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