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posted by chromas on Saturday April 14, @06:02AM   Printer-friendly
from the how-to-train-your-robot dept.

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Video game characters could soon be truer to life thanks to AI that can teach itself to fight and flip.

Video game developers often turn to motion capture when they want realistic character animations. Mocap isn't very flexible, though, as it's hard to adapt a canned animation to different body shapes, unusual terrain or an interruption from another character. Researchers might have a better solution: teach the characters to fend for themselves. They've developed a deep learning engine (DeepMimic) that has characters learning to imitate reference mocap animations or even hand-animated keyframes, effectively training them to become virtual stunt actors. The AI promises realistic motion with the kind of flexibility that's difficult even with methods that blend scripted animations together.

Source: https://www.engadget.com/2018/04/11/ai-teaches-itself-stunts/

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  • (Score: 2) by MichaelDavidCrawford on Saturday April 14, @07:01AM (7 children)

    What if the enemy all becomes conscientious objectors?

    The game would be no fun anymore if they refused to fight!

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    • (Score: 1, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 14, @08:50AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 14, @08:50AM (#666843)

      Then there'd be nothing for it but to teabag them.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 14, @12:44PM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 14, @12:44PM (#666903)

      If the videos are anything to go by, just throwing massive numbers of cubes at them as they go about their days will be entertaining enough.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 14, @01:03PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 14, @01:03PM (#666910)

        i could see VR moving into the direction of being a "driver" of one of these automaton.

        with VR-user input in the "driver seat", the games aim is to train your agent to become a super-agent and
        which, after completing some single-player levels (uniquely), you can drop into a multiplayer dead-match and
        see how your agent performs against other?

        for example: the VR-user prefers sniper rifles .. the automaton learns this and in dead-match will prefer to use sniper rifle -or-
        VR-user likes to blow things up, thus the automaton in death-match will hunt/prefer grenades or rocket launchers?

        also, maybe whilst progressing thru the single-player "learning" mission the automaton will predict more and more actions on its own,
        taking the "training VR-user" for a ride :]

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 14, @01:42PM (3 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 14, @01:42PM (#666921)

      Soylent Fight Club would be no fun anymore if they let MDC win?

      • (Score: 1) by Ethanol-fueled on Saturday April 14, @05:03PM (2 children)

        by Ethanol-fueled (2792) Subscriber Badge on Saturday April 14, @05:03PM (#666971) Homepage

        Speaking of fighting, I'd like to see this used to script melee battles of African chimpouts and shootouts. You know how aggressive Africans do that thing where they swing their long monkey arms around when threatening a rival male, kinda like how hip hop artists do with the mic.

        People wonder why the goddamn gaming industry is stagnant. No, it's not because of EA. It's because nobody has the balls to make a professionally-made game set in Africa and with tribal warlords and all of their improvised weapons and armor, like the torn '80's Mickey Mouse shirts they wear and motorized shopping carts with machine guns welded to the front.

        Or a game about police brutality where you're a 'roided up cop tear-gassing nonviolent protesters and using excessive force and vehicular homicide on Antifa scumbags.

        There are tons of ideas ripe for the picking, and they will sell like hotcakes. But nobody has the balls to make them. Maybe another four of President Donald Trump will change that.

        • (Score: 3, Interesting) by MichaelDavidCrawford on Saturday April 14, @08:18PM (1 child)

          ?

          Really I want to know.

          I can see that you're angry at many other people. That must have come from somewhere.

          It's OK, Ethanol. I'm a good listener.

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          • (Score: 1) by Ethanol-fueled on Saturday April 14, @11:10PM

            by Ethanol-fueled (2792) Subscriber Badge on Saturday April 14, @11:10PM (#667085) Homepage

            Go ask the developers at RockStar who coded the Grand Theft Auto series. Would you be asking me the same question if the racism component were left out of my above post?

            Sites like Liveleak exist for a reason: Humans are born with bloodlust.

  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by MostCynical on Saturday April 14, @08:27AM (3 children)

    by MostCynical (2589) on Saturday April 14, @08:27AM (#666839)

    Now, if they could just make the acting in "real" movies better, rather than making the stunts bigger and sillier..

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    • (Score: 2) by Gaaark on Saturday April 14, @12:52PM (1 child)

      by Gaaark (41) Subscriber Badge on Saturday April 14, @12:52PM (#666907) Homepage Journal

      And tell a story instead of just 'splosions!

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    • (Score: 1) by Ethanol-fueled on Saturday April 14, @05:06PM

      by Ethanol-fueled (2792) Subscriber Badge on Saturday April 14, @05:06PM (#666972) Homepage

      Now that Weinstein is persona non grata, we may yet see decent female actors again.

      Jennifer Lawrence recently claimed to be grossed out [glamour.com] by sex. Well, you would be too, if you had to sleep with a disgusting fat stubbly slob with those vivid coked-up memories burned into your brain. I bet the only reason why those whores turned against him is because he gave them all herpes or AIDS.

  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by takyon on Saturday April 14, @12:50PM

    by takyon (881) Subscriber Badge <reversethis-{gro ... s} {ta} {noykat}> on Saturday April 14, @12:50PM (#666905) Journal

    https://www.youtube.com/user/keeroyz/videos [youtube.com]

    YouTube channel that looks at research like this as well as a lot of computer graphics papers.

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