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Why use games with AI? Games provide training data. An AI can play games or learn from another entity playing games.

Games are so good at training AI with strategies that AI beat human opponents at:

  • Chess in 1997
  • Go in 2017
  • DOTA 2 in 2018
  • Starcraft 2 in 2019

Whatever the game, the central tenet seems to be the minimax algorithm.

Minimax algorithm.

But the flaw on relying only on this algorithm is the premise that you can work out every strategic possibility. As the video explained, the combinations and permutations could outnumber the number of atoms in the known universe. This is not practical or feasible. Instead, an AI might estimate the chances of winning from a smaller set of possibilities.

AI can learn from games and even beat humans because there are clear rules. Where it currently fails to keep up are in areas like humour, social cues, creativity, and surprise.

I started making image quotes with Google Presentations in May 2015. I called that early series quotable quotes.

My current tool of choice is pablo.buffer.com and I now CC attribute the images more precisely.

This week I am revisiting some of the older image quotes and updating them. The first update is one of my favourites:

We do not stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing.

My original image quotable quote was:
We do not stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing.

I'm at Level 40 and currently walking Metagross for candy.

Recently I reflected on reaching Level 40 in Pokémon Go (PoGo). But I did not address all the reasons why I keep running even though I have reached a “finish” line.

My short answer: I keep playing to keep learning.

As the game os location-based, this requires me to occasionally visit new places. As I do, I meet new people and gain new perspectives.

If those new places and people are overseas when I hunt for regional Pokémon, that is the ultimate bonus! Case in point: This was a virtual souvenir from The Netherlands.

Mr Mime from Amsterdam.


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