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April 6, 2014 AT 2:00 am

Computers teaching other computers how to play Pac Man

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Would you like to play a game… of Pac Man? Researchers from Washington State University have developed a way for a computer to “teach” another computer how to play the video game.

Researchers have developed a method to allow a computer to give advice and teach skills to another computer in a way that mimics how a real teacher and student might interact. Researchers had the agents — as the virtual robots are called — act like true student and teacher pairs: student agents struggled to learn Pac-Man and a version of the StarCraft video game. The researchers were able to show that the student agent learned the games and, in fact, surpassed the teacher.

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