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Google Taught an Ant to Play Football

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DeepMind beat a world champion of Go, so now it wants to try its hand at a much more popular game.

Google says it s used DeepMind to teach an ant to play football — that is, if you consider the beige four-legged ball an ant and the act of manipulating a black-and-white ball into a red space football .

The description may be somewhat exaggerated, but the development is cool: the project shows DeepMind s reinforcement learning abilities.

Through a combination of trial-and-error and deep learning, the AI quickly learns the mechanics of kicking the ball into the goal.

Engadget points out that this technology could be used for manipulating animal-like robots and help them manoeuvre in the world with much less training.

Just imagine what this kind of advance could have done for the robot that ran away.

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