Unreal Tournament-playing bots fool human opponents, pass Turing test of sorts

While Alan Turing’s conversational test remains the gold standard for marking artificial intelligence, an annual software tournament called BotPrize has turned up a two bots which have convinced human judges that they were human. However, a Turing test involves a conversation where a person is fooled, but the winning bots from this year’s BotPrize only had to play first-person shooter Unreal Tournament.

Advertisement, article continues below

The UT^2 bot, from the University of Texas, and Mirrorbot, developed by Mihai Polceanu, both were mistaken over half the time for humans. The four judges gave those two bots more “human” votes than the average human gamer, and over twice as many votes as any bot has ever before received. This was the first year that the BotPrize was awarded, and the two teams shared the $7310 prize.

Mirrorbot used an interesting technique to fool other players. When it met another player that it decided wasn’t a threat, it briefly “interacted” with the other avatar. The interaction consisted of mimicry: when the other player crouched, or jumped, or changed weapons, Mirrorbot did the same. Although this might appear to be standard robot behavior, it fooled the humans it was playing against. UT^2 took a different and more complicated approach: while it employed mimicry like Mirrorbot, it also deployed evolutionary learning, so it continually used more successful strategies and appeared more human-like.

Although the BotPrize is considered to be a lesser challenge than the Turing test, and the winners aren’t claiming that their bots are intelligent, it’s still a huge milestone for artificial intelligence. Although I am surprised that no team entered a bot that simply trolled opponents in a preteen voice. That would’ve fooled everybody used to playing online shooters.

Read more about unreal.

Take action: Like | G+ | Tweet | Pin | User Comments



You May Also Like

Get A Dose Of Unreal In This Unofficial Alpha Build

Unreal Tournament Gameplay Footage Spotted

Unreal Tournament Prototype Is Now Playable

The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time Reimagined Using Unreal Engine 4

Unreal Tournament Comeback Announcement To Happen Next Week

Unreal Engine runs in Flash

Unreal Engine 3 heads for Mac OS X platform

Unreal Development Kit will eventually arrive on Android

Most Shared

Blizzard Wants To Help Combat Harassment On Twitch

Russian Embassy Tweets Image From Command & Conquer To Warn Of Terrorism

Fans Want Help Raising $20 Million To ‘Fix Dorne’ In Game Of Thrones

Hyperloop One’s First Public Speed Test Is A Success

Apple Hit With $2.8 Billion Lawsuit Over iMessage & FaceTime

Alleged iPhone 7 Dummy Unit Photo Surfaces

Snapchat Sued Over ‘Speed Filter’ That Led To Car Crash

There Are Maybe 10-15 Episodes Left In Game Of Thrones

F-16 Used To Save The Life Of A Dying Patient

Apple Could Skip iPhone 7s, Jump Straight To iPhone 8

Researchers Accidentally Create Long-Lasting Batteries

iOS 9.3 Also Crashes iPhone 6s, 6s Plus

After Thousands Of Years, Someone Has Reinvented The Scissors

Apple Claims Backdoor Unnecessary After iPhone Password Was Changed

FBI Could Use Suspect's Fingerprint To Unlock iPhones

John McAfee Claims He Can Decrypt The iPhone In 3 Weeks