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Wednesday, January 26, 2005
Machine 'Learns' to Play Game
7:32 AM | Marcus Albers | Comment on this story

Online science journal has posted an interesting article about a computer at the University of Leeds in Yorkshire, UK, that has successfully taught itself to play a game. The game: the classic primary school decision game "Rock, Paper, Scissors". Instead of using classic hardwired logic to simulate artificial intelligence, it uses audio and visual cues to learn how to play a game.

The following was demonstrated an event sponsored by the British Computer Society in Cambridge, UK, in December 2004:

CogVis observed human volunteers playing a version of the game using cards marked with a pair of scissors, a piece of paper, or a stone. They were also told to announce when they had won or when the game was a draw. After watching for several rounds, CogVis was able to call the outcome of each game correctly.
The article goes on to suggest that the new system could be used to analyze video footage for intruders or controlling a robot doing important tasks. Head over to to read the rest of the article.

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