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Artificial Stupidity… This is Embarrassing

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

OK… this is one of the indications that our sliver of the industry needs to step it up a bit. Here’s an article on GamesRadar that is chocked full of YouTube videos showing AI doing stupid things. Portrayed are some recurrent suspects such as Crysis, Assassin’s’ Creed, and Oblivion. And these aren’t rarities. Just search YouTube for variations on “stupid AI” and you can keep yourself amused and horrified for hours.

The problem is, as AI programmers, we can generally instantly say “Oh, they should have simply done this…” And yet, as a whole we continue to ship product with pathetic exploits or autonomous behaviors such as the ones depicted here. Why is that? Sure, the combinatorial explosion of situational possibilities rivals the big bang making it difficult to even account for everything much less “solve” everything. And while those situations approach infinity, our funding and ship dates are usually far more restrictive.

Or is it something more? Who knows? All I know is that I don’t want to be on the receiving end of the derision of the gaming community… and in the age of instant mass media, it’s pretty simple to become famous.