Sunday, October 21, 2007

Online worlds to be AI incubators

Online worlds to be AI incubators
By Mark Ward
Technology Correspondent, BBC News website

Screenshot of Second Life, Linden Labs
Artificial environments could be great places for AI's to learn
Online worlds such as Second Life will soon become training grounds for artificial intelligences.

Researchers at US firm Novamente have created software that learns by controlling avatars in virtual worlds.

Initially the AIs will be embodied in pets that will get smarter by interacting with the avatars controlled by their human owners.

Novamente said it eventually aimed to create more sophisticated avatars such as talking parrots and even babies.



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