When the Terminators arrive to kill us all, we have one hope. That hope is, apparently, that we live in World 1-3 of Super Mario Bros., because according to the not-entirely-serious research of Tom Murphy, robots really can’t handle platforms very well. But they can learn to play video games.
Murphy has a highly amusing video detailing the incredibly stupid way his program started playing video games… but, over time, it learns to be a pretty solid Mario player:
Especially impressive is that the AI, once it stops randomly mashing buttons and starts actually playing, learns how to use the game’s programming against it: Once it figures out that Mario is invincible whenever he has downward momentum, it exploits that in a way no human player can.
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