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Google Invents an AI System That Plays Video Games on Its Own

Don't ever challenge a machine to a game of Video Pinball

Google has created the computer equivalent of a teenager: an artificial-intelligence system that spends all of its time playing—and mastering—video games. The company introduced the new development in machine-learning technology on Wednesday, describing it as "the first significant rung of the ladder" to building intelligent AI that can figure out how to do things on its own.

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