Mario has gone through a lot of changes over the decades. Now comes the video game superstar’s biggest change yet; researchers at the University of Tubingen in Germany are using artificial intelligence (AI) to create a “self-aware” version of Super Mario.
How self-aware is Mario? Well, self-aware enough to answer verbal commands, and navigate the side-scrolling worlds of Super Mario all by himself. Researchers from the Cognitive Modeling department created the Mario Lives project as part of a competition sponsored by the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAI) and the results are super impressive.
Proof of Learning
For anyone doubting that Mario has been enhanced through AI, they need only ask the tiny plumber about his video game nemesis. Previously, if Mario was asked what he knew about Goomba, he would say that he knew nothing about it.
Now, if asked, “What do you know about Goomba?” Mario will say something like, “If I jump on Goomba, then it certainly dies,” indicating that the self-aware Mario is making the connection his actions have some very real (albeit silicon) consequences. It’s another step toward computers becoming more human-like.
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