Google DeepMind Artificial Intelligence Quake III Arena

Google’s DeepMind researchers have created an AI system that was able to reach human-level performance in Quake III Arena’s Capture the Flag mode. How? It uses “AI agents” to represent its players in the game, which can play with or against human opponents, and then trained with 450,000 rounds of capture the flag, or in other words, four years of gameplay. “Artificially intelligent agents are getting better and better at two-player games, but most real-world endeavors require teamwork,” said DeepMind’s researchers. Read more for a video of it in-action and additional information.

“The AI agents started out doing random movements, but after playing again and again and again, they eventually figured out the strategies and techniques that work. The agents successfully competed against human players even when their reaction times were slowed to match their flesh-and-blood opponents,” reports Engadget.