Microsoft's AI just achieved the world's first perfect Ms. Pac-Man score

by admin June 15, 2017 at 12:55 am

Machines have a knack for beating us at our own games these days. As DeepMind’s AlphaGo routinely defeats humanity’s best in one of the world’s oldest strategy games, artificial intelligence is now turning its attention to more modern fare: video games.

Microsoft-owned AI Maluuba has just earned the highest possible score in the Atari 2600 port of the arcade classic, Ms. Pac-Man. 

By maxing out its score at the highest possible 999,990 points, the AI has accomplished a gaming feat that won’t likely be met by humans for a while, if ever. (Our current record comes courtesy of one Wilson Oyama, at just 266,330 points.)

According to researchers on the project, the new high score demonstrates a success for Maluuba’s “Hybrid Reward Architecture”, which combines more classical reinforcement learning with a more novel “divide and conquer” method that uses multiple agents to assess the game and make decisions.