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Meta has created an AI that can understand strategy

Strategic thinking along with better communication skills means Meta’s AI could beat human players in a game of Diplomacy

Meta has shared more details on its CICERO AI system which can use strategic reasoning and negotiation in the style of a human.

Meta recently shared some details on its CICERO AI, which can play the strategy game Diplomacy at a “human level”. Diplomacy – the famous a board game (which also has an online version) – is a world map-based game in which players must use strategic thinking to form alliances, coordinate plans, and engage rivals in battle. And, as the name states, diplomacy is the core of the game and is built around social interactions and players coming to agreements rather than simply fighting all comers.

Testing AI with a game such as this can showcase that the AI is not just going through the basic motions, but can tryly understand the game’s strategic elements. Meta states that CICERO “marks the beginning of a new era for AI that can collaborate with people”. The CICERO AI can use natural language and understand the reasoning, which is both impressive and scary at the same time. 

Impressive? Yes. Worrying? Maybe…

Artificial intelligence is one of those subjects that fills your mind with amazing technological advances and the endless possibilities a complex AI could offer. On the other hand, there’s always a concert that, in the pursuit of further greatness, that its creators won’t know when to stop.

Many works of fiction have explored these themes because most find the concept of AI a magical, yet scary one.

While we may not need to think about fully intelligent companions (just yet) the AI industry has been a busy one over the past few years. Language processing has seen massive development, with an AI being able to put together a sentence that replicates the likeness of one created by a human. We have seen text-to-image generations and more recent developments in text-to-video. Then of course there’s further image processing technology that has seen the development of deep fakes, which have swept the internet.

Artificial intelligence touches on parts of our lives that we may not even think about, many industries use AI robotics to help with their everyday work life such as car manufacturing, and even the health sector has been able to use AI-driven imaging technologies to help with diagnosis.

There’s certainly a scary side to AI too, with the likes of deepfakes that can literally put words in someone’s mouth, and then there’s the positive side that sees AI helping people in their everyday life. One thing is for sure, advancements in the field will only continue to reach new heights.

Creating an AI that out thinks the human player

CICERO, for now, is only capable of playing Diplomacy, however its core concepts could show future potential for an AI that could work side by side with a human with a deeper understanding, and ability to communicate.

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Paige Cook is a writer with a multi-media background. She has experience covering video games and technology and also has freelance experience in video editing, graphic design, and photography. Paige is a massive fan of the movie industry and loves a good TV show, if she is not watching something interesting then she's probably playing video games or buried in a good book. Her latest addiction is virtual photography and currently spends far too much time taking pretty pictures in games rather than actually finishing them.

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