A tiny piece of software connected to off-the-shelf gaming gear harnesses a recent breakthrough in artificial intelligence to manipulate the actions of another Artificial Intelligence.
The solution, named NAIK by its developers, is an example of how, with enough talented engineers and engineers-in-training, novel research can extend the effectiveness of human computing.
NAIK simulates a giant-to-scale network of computer gamers running a video game designed by analysts from the University of Wisconsin. The software sends the game into a boot cycle and waits for enough time for a human to order a complete restart of the game. NAIK stays tuned to the network of gamers, making consistent commands to activate the restart and react to minor tweaks in the programmers' code.
The programming language, which consists of specially coded lines of instructions to navigate the game environment and to execute certain commands, runs on very simple hardware to yield a "fairly compelling" result, according to Brandon Doyle, one of the researchers, who has PhD's in computer science from the University of Wisconsin and is now working as a Ph.D. student at MIT.