Starcraft II becomes a testing ground for new AI research

12 August, 2017, 04:43 | Author: Becky Perry
  • DeepMind and Blizzard open StarCraft II as an AI research environment | DeepMind

SC2LE also has a dataset of anonymized game replays that at the start has 65,000 replays available. In between presentations for hit games like Overwatch and Hearthstone, DeepMind took the stage to announce that it was launching a joint project with Blizzard that would turn Starcraft II into a research environment for artificial intelligence. In addition, a game can take from a few minutes to one hour to complete, meaning actions taken early in the game may not pay-off for a long time.

DeepMind said that SC2LE's mini-games, which are created to test specific skills, have shown promising results in training and evaluating AI, but the company said that its strongest AI agents could not win a full Starcraft II match against even the easiest opponents. To succeed, a player needs to have a good memory, prioritise among tasks, and plan under conditions of uncertainty.

Any hopeful researcher can customize a Starcraft II Deepmind A.I. agent for themselves, given the basic framework provided. The large pool of online StarCraft II players will provide a huge variety of "extremely talented opponents" from which the AI can learn.

DeepMind's initial StarCraft II tests with AI agents showed that they can manage "mini-games" that focus on broken-down tasks, but when it came to the full game, the agents weren't so successful. With the StarCraft II API, we're providing powerful tools for researchers, gamers, and hobbyists to utilize the game as a platform to further advance the state of AI research. "But when it comes to the full game, even strong baseline agents, such as A3C, can not win a single game against even the easiest built-in AI", the blog post said, adding that one agent had failed to complete trivial tasks such as keeping its workers mining.

Texas 'Bathroom Bill' Is Circling the Drain
Governor Patrick, Speaker Straus and most state elected leaders will be up for election in November 2018. Krause is one of 49 GOP lawmakers in the State House who either authored or co-sponsored the legislation.

The StarCraft 2 community will have access to a community sandbox tool for anyone to experiment with, "using both learning based AI and scripted AI to build new tools that can benefit the StarCraft 2 and AI communities".

While we have included some sample code and simple bots, it's important to note that the release of these tools lays the foundation for AI research in StarCraft II to begin.

An AI engine would therefore have to make use of the skills of memory, mapping, long-term planning, and adapting to changes in plans using information that is continually being gathered, which translates to hierarchical planning and reinforcement learning.


  • Evolent Health, Inc (EVH) Lowered to "Sell" at Zacks Investment Research

    Finally, Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank raised its position in shares of Evolent Health by 286.7% in the first quarter. BidaskClub upgraded Evolent Health from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating in a research note on Thursday, July 13th.
    Arsenal 4-3 Leicester - Premier League season starts with classic

    Arsenal 4-3 Leicester - Premier League season starts with classic

    Laurent Koscielny is suspended, but Shkodran Mustafi could be in line to feature if Wenger deems the Germany worldwide ready. Sanchez has been instrumental to Arsenal's fortunes ever since he joined them from Barcelona back in the summer of 2014.

    Energy Transfer Equity, LP (ETE) Coverage Initiated at Stifel Nicolaus

    References to "ETP" refer to the consolidated entity named Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. subsequent to the close of the merger. The stock now shows its YTD (Year to Date) performance of 26.27 percent, whereas its Weekly performance stands at 3.17%.
  • Axalta Coating Systems (AXTA) - Investment Analysts' Weekly Ratings Changes

    Axalta Coating Systems (AXTA) - Investment Analysts' Weekly Ratings Changes

    Finally, Mn Services Vermogensbeheer B.V. boosted its position in shares of Axalta Coating Systems by 5.4% in the first quarter. Following the transaction, the senior vice president now directly owns 152,417 shares in the company, valued at $4,787,417.97.
    Ram Announces Segment-Leading Torque, Focuses On Customers

    Ram Announces Segment-Leading Torque, Focuses On Customers

    The different types of hitches and towing capabilities are some of the most important elements to know when towing heavy loads. The heavy duty truck segment is one of the most competitive with Ford, General Motors, and Ram continually raising the bar.
    Arsenal's Arsene Wenger and Per Mertesacker go head to head

    Arsenal's Arsene Wenger and Per Mertesacker go head to head

    He was understood to be keen on a move to Manchester City over his other suitors , but the new offer could change his mind. Alexis Sanchez plays for "Arsenal" since July 2014.
  • Antonio Conte: Chelsea are doing their best to sign more players

    Antonio Conte: Chelsea are doing their best to sign more players

    Morata has also laid down a goal target for himself ahead of the new Premier League season, as reported by the Dailymail . If Nathaniel Chalobah or Ruben Loftus-Cheek were still there they could get rid of Matic and play a younger kid.
    Jose Mourinho: I won't moan if Man United don't sign another player

    Jose Mourinho: I won't moan if Man United don't sign another player

    Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho insists that he "will not cry" if he doesn't get his final transfer wish this summer. Bringing the 36-year-old back to Old Trafford on a short term deal is a no brainer for the management at Manchester United .

    Top Institutional Investors That Own Encana Corporation (NYSE:ECA)

    Press coverage about Encana Corporation (NYSE: ECA ) (TSE:ECA) has been gaining in popularity on Early Thur, according to Accern. Additionally Encana Corporation recently announced a dividend for shareholders to be paid on Friday the 29th of September 2017.
  • Roger Federer cruises to victory in first match since Wimbledon win

    Roger Federer cruises to victory in first match since Wimbledon win

    After dropping the opening set to Nadal , who, with Andy Murray's withdrawal from the W&S Open next week could soon become world. Cheering from the stands were hockey great Wayne Gretzky and Olympic swimming victor Penny Oleksiak along with astonished fans.
    Antonio Conte: 'Alvaro Morata needs time'

    Antonio Conte: 'Alvaro Morata needs time'

    Former Roma defender Rudiger, meanwhile, could be in line to make his first start for Chelsea due to Victor Moses' suspension. "For sure they are trying to take another step and to try to fight for the title, to try to fight for the Champions League".

    United Technologies Corporation (NYSE:UTX) Stake Reduced by Meridian Management Co

    The institutional investor owned 2,448 shares of the conglomerate's stock after buying an additional 38 shares during the period. Thirteen research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and six have issued a buy rating to the company's stock.


Same manager, same tactics, better players - Guardiola lays out Man City blueprint
The 23-year-old has impressed in preseason - other than an error in the International Champions Cup defeat to Manchester United - and has already showed the ball skills that Guardiola demands from his keepers.

Zillow Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:Z) Shares Sold by Daiwa Securities Group Inc
Rafferty Asset Management LLC purchased a new position in shares of Zillow Group during the first quarter worth $314,000. Bank of Montreal Can's holdings in Zillow Group were worth $2,903,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

Rainbow Six Siege To Get New Map And Operators Later This Month
As for what fans can expect to get with this new update, there will be a new map and three new operators to check out. Ubisoft has unveiled the next major update for Rainbow Six Siege , which is called Operation Blood Orchid .

Conte wants more Chelsea signings to cope with Champions League
The importance for me about this player, as I repeat he's a really good player, he's a really strong player, very important for our team.

English Premier League: Heavyweights set for first bouts
Out: Santi Cazorla (ankle), Laurent Koscielny (suspended), Alexis Sanchez (abdominal), Gabriel (knee). Undermining Wenger's quest for harmony is the uncertainty surrounding several first-team players.

Stage set for new EPL season
He's a very select player who's a top, top striker, but when the position goes so far it's hard to put it back. The choice of wording is something we all analyse a lot and I do understand what he's saying.

Philadelphia Eagles trade WR Jordan Matthews and draft pick for Bills cornerback
He played in just half of the games of the season, racking up just 28 receptions for 430 yards and two touchdowns scored. Matthews caught 225 passes in his three-year Eagles career, averaging better than 110 targets per season.

Guardiola: 'Intelligent' Bernardo Silva ready to make immediate impact
Silva's place in the City team has come under threat this season with the £43m signing of namesake Bernardo from Monaco . I don't know, we're going to ask the doctor because, of course, he was injured for a long time.

Black Journalists Pull Out Of NABJ Panel After Omarosa Signs On
At one point, Gordon and Manigault both stood and paced the stage, talking each other down face-to-face. The source said: 'The majority there don't want her involved.

Where to Buy Eclipse Glasses: Trustworthy Sources Amid Fakes
And it's been almost a century since a total solar eclipse was visible coast to coast. Millions of Americans are getting ready to view the next eclipse on August 21, but Dr.