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Posts tagged “Michael Cook”

Feature: "The International 2022 will be won by bots"

AI wizard Mike Cook wants OpenAI’s Dota bots to teach him, not beat him

In a little over four weeks, five AI bots will play a team of pro players at The International. OpenAI's bots have learnt to play Dota 2 almost from scratch, building up an understanding of the game using one of the most advanced reinforcement learning techniques AI researchers have yet devised. It's an impressive achievement, regardless of whether the bots manage to crush their flesh…

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Clickuorice Allsorts: Mike Cook’s thoughts on OpenAI’s Dota bots

Yesterday, I told you about AI researcher Mike Cook and Angelina, his fancy AI that designs video games. Today, I'd like to tell you about Mike's commentary on someone else's work. OpenAI made headlines with their Dota 2 bots last week, which they're pitting against a pro team at the International. Mike's blog post serves as an excellent sanity check, highlighting what OpenAI have and…

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Angelina is an AI that makes games, and now you can play some online

Have you heard the good word about Angelina? It's the spawn of AI researcher Mike Cook, which he describes as "an artificial intelligence-powered research project that designs videogames". He's been tinkering with different versions of the system for eight years now, and yesterday he uploaded a collection of Angelina's best hits to Itch. They're all free to check out, and for my money that's definitely…

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ProcJam funding drive offers mystery proc-gen project mixtape to backers

The procedural generation game jam, ProcJam is seeking funding to help provide participants with a whole host of extra resources, from art assets to tutorials. ProcJam is organised by Michael Cook. Cook is a fascinating person and I first met him to talk about the software he is working on called Angelina which makes its own games. That in itself is super interesting but he…

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Feature: Half-baked ideas.

How To Make A Great British Bake Off Game

The latest series of The Great British Bake Off has come to an end, causing those of us hooked by its cream-filled buns, end-of-the-pier puns, and oddly sincere celebration of the human spirit, to feel as empty inside as an incompletely prepared batch of jam donuts. After a few days spent facing a future free from sugar, gluten, and the strange tension between Paul Hollywood…

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Make Something That Makes Something At ProcJam

Last year's ProcJam produced talks worth watching about the current state of procedural generation, while the game jam's participants produced a number of fun games to play. Now the dates and speakers have been announced for ProcJam 2015, which will run November 7th to November 16th.

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Procedural Generation Jam Is Worth Watching On Nov 8th

I wouldn't normally post about something like this so early, but it's cool. If you judge game jams on their potential to create interesting works, then the Procedural Generation Jam wins by hoping to ride the wave of interest in "making stuff that makes other stuff" towards a slew of fascinating games, tools and toys. If you judge game jams on your ability to join…

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Feature: Angelina’s Jollies

The AI That Designs Its Own Games

A picture of Barack Obama flashes up on the screen. There’s a big, warm smile on his face, but in the background there’s the sound of a helicopter gunship firing. "I searched for happy photos of Obama," says Angelina, the game's creator, "because I like him." Angelina makes computer games. I guess you could call her an indie developer of sorts - her games certainly…

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