Mario just got a lot a smarter.
A team of German researchers has used artificial intelligence to create a “self-aware” version of Super Mario who can respond to verbal commands and automatically play his own game.
The Mario Lives project was created by a team of researchers out of Germany’s University of Tübingen as part of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence’s (AAAI) annual video competition.
The video depicts Mario’s newfound ability to learn from his surroundings and experiences, respond to questions in English and German and automatically react to “feelings.”
If Mario is hungry, for example, he collects coins. “When he’s curious he will explore his environment and autonomously gather knowledge about items he doesn’t know much about,” the video’s narrator explains.
The video also demonstrates Mario’s ability to learn from experience. When asked “What do you know about Goomba” — that’s Mario’s longtime enemy in the Super Mario series — Mario first responds “I do not know anything about it.”
But after Mario, responding to a voice command, jumps on Goomba and kills it, he is asked the question again. This time, he responds “If I jump on Goomba then it maybe dies.”
Why It’s Hot
This showcases a fun use of Artificial Intelligence, which typically is a little scary. This could have implications for expanded use and trust of AI, but for now it’s all in good fun and good tech.