The 1980 game Pac-Man has been re-created by AI. Yes you heard me right, no human effort was involved, and everything was done by AI. Some engineers at Nvidia decided to celebrate Pac-Man’s 40th Anniversary in Style.
The developers ran around 50,000 footages of Pac-Man in front of an AI. The AI captured the games settings, visuals, mechanics, and literally re-created it from nothing. The AI called GameCan just took several days to understand it and re-create it.
The game looks a bit laggy and un-optimized. However, that could later solve through developers who can further enhance it. What’s pretty astonishing is that an AI way was able to recreate Pac-Man with exact features. Nvidia describes this as the “first neutral network model that mimics a computer game engine by harnessing generative adversarial networks”
“This means that even without understanding a game’s fundamental rules, AI can recreate the game with convincing results. It’s the first neural network model that mimics a computer game engine by harnessing generative adversarial networks, or GANs.”
This is the first research to emulate a game engine using GAN-based neural networks,” said Seung-Wook Kim, an NVIDIA researcher and lead on the project. “We wanted to see whether the AI could learn the rules of an environment just by looking at the screenplay of an agent moving through the game. And it did.”
Nvidia has been working on a lot of Artificial Intelligence and Technological stuff. They have categorized this into Nvidia AI Playground, where they have professionals pushing limits. Pac-Man is available to play on Google in full HD.
Lastly, Nvidia has uploaded their full research paper that covers their experiment in extensive depths. You can view the paper here.