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Nvidia’s AI recreates Pac-Man from scratch just by watching it being played

The Verge Friday, 22 May 2020
Nvidia’s AI recreates Pac-Man from scratch just by watching it being playedPhoto credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP via Getty Images

Nvidia is best known for its graphics cards, but the company conducts some serious research into artificial intelligence, too. For its latest project, Nvidia researchers taught an AI system to recreate the game of Pac-Man simply by watching it being played.

There’s no coding involved, no pre-rendered images for the software to draw on. The AI model is simply fed visual data of the game in action along with the accompanying controller inputs and then recreates it frame by frame from this information. The resulting game is playable by humans, and Nvidia says it will be releasing it online in the near future.

"“It learns all of these things just by watching”"

The AI version is by no means a perfect facsimile, though. The imagery is blurry...
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