Google SIMA: Know About AI That Can Play Video Games For You

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Artificial Intelligence is everywhere, be it helping us redesign our office spaces or even programming. However, there is one area where no one would have thought AI would enter, i.e., playing games. But, with Google’s rampant efforts in the field, the company has introduced a new AI called SIMA, or Scalable Instructable Multiworld Agent, capable of playing games on behalf of a person. Here’s everything you need to know about it.

How does Google SIMA work?

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According to Google, SIMA leverages advanced machine-learning algorithms to play a variety of games, including those with multiple storylines. Notably, the AI relies solely on visual input from the game environment and user commands rather than the game’s source code, enabling it to learn new skills quickly.

In simple terms, SIMA can understand and execute instructions in 3D environments based on user commands. For example, if you tell the AI to turn the character left and sprint, it will act without you having to do the work yourself.

Additionally, the AI already possesses over 600 basic skills, such as movement, object manipulation, and menu navigation. While this number is impressive, it’s worth noting that the AI still faces challenges with complex tasks, such as navigating intricate menus.

What is the use case?

Perhaps the biggest question on your mind might be, what is even the need for this AI? Isn’t gaming meant to be a leisure activity? While gaming is typically a personal activity, there are several potential use cases.

Firstly, the software could prove invaluable for individuals with disabilities who are unable to use a controller. For such people, providing instructions to the AI on in-game actions could offer a newfound way to enjoy previously inaccessible experiences.

Moreover, the AI could handle mundane and repetitive tasks in games. For instance, certain games, like those from EA, often require completing tasks or investing significant playtime to unlock essential in-game items. In such scenarios, the AI could remove this issue by automating the process, saving players considerable time.

Furthermore, the AI could serve as a teammate in multiplayer games, offering help when players encounter challenges on specific levels.

When will SIMA roll out?

While Google hasn’t officially confirmed a specific release date, the company has partnered with eight game studios, including Hello Games (No Man’s Sky) and Tuxedo Labs (Teardown), to train and refine the AI for a public release.

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