A fake news AI writes this game as you play it

A graduate student has created a game that literally creates itself as you play it, powered by a notorious fake news writing AI.



In the sci-fi novel (and later, movie), the chaps of Ender’s Game enjoy the Mind Game, an RPG video game that is generated in real-time according to the brainwaves of the user.

However, this lofty suppositions of sci-fi may be on the mark, as one graduate student has created such a thing. Nathan Whitmore of Northwestern University has authored the bizarre text-based adventure (which you can play here) isn’t particularly sophisticated, but it certainly looks like the future of gaming.

Per Futurism, “…the game uses GPT-2, the infamous fake news-writing algorithm created by OpenAI. Like most AI systems, the game tends to forget what it already told the player, transporting them willy-nilly through various chambers and corridors whether they like it or not.”

According to Whitmore, the game follows no strict narrative (and has no end) and may be jarring to the modern gamer, but it represents a rather giddy venture into the realms of possibility.

Dan Robitzski of Futurism recounted his steps in the game, stating: “…at one point, the game informed me that there was a hole in the floor. When I issued the command “jump down hole,” the game responded with an unusual plea: “PLEASE, LET ME JUMP DOWN THE HOLE FIRST. I told it that it could go first, and it transported me into a chamber with a cannon full of water that I failed, despite multiple attempts, to drink. I couldn’t escape the amorphous coal mine that it trapped me in, so I gave up and said “TELEPORT to Mars.” It worked.”

Brave new (virtual) world.




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