Developers have taught artificial intelligence how to play an arcade pinball machine, which learned so quickly it could beat human players within four days.
The team took a regular arcade machine and adapted it, using a Windows computer to control the AI software, and a Raspberry Pi to control the flipper mechanism within the pinball machine. Two webcams were mounted on the pinball machine – one pointed at the scoreboard and one pointed down at the table – so that the AI could “see” the table like a human player would. Optical character recognition (OCR) software allowed the computer to read the current score from the pinball machine’s electronic display.
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