Dwarf Fortress, a game released in 2006, still scares rookie players (like me) away, and excites hard core players. In the same year, in July, a conference about Artificial Intelligence studies took place: Dartmouth Artificial Intelligence Conference: The Next Fifty Years. This conference was also known as AI@50, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Dartmouth Conferences. In 1956, a first AI conference was held at Dartmouth, and for the very first time, the term, “Artificial Intelligence,” was used.
50 years later, attendees discussed their concerns and expectations of AI in 50 years (in 2056). As you can imagine, their predictions varied. 3 attendees who went to the first conference in 1956 gave rather conservative predictions of the future development of AI at the 50th conference. They thought that AI would still be controlled by human beings, and could not reach human-level intelligence and feelings. However, in August, two months after the conference, Dwarf Fortress was launched. It is a game much more complicated than Civilization 5. In Dwarf Fortress, the player sort of plays the role, not as a god, but a government that hopes to manage the state/fortress. Dwarf Fortress creates a world for the player, and anything can happen.
One of the most exciting/scary news recently probably is that AlphaGo beats the Korean Go master, Lee Se-dol, with a 4-1 victory. Can AI play Dwarf Fortress? Can AI manage successfully a virtual state? Can AI self-teach himself to play Dwarf Fortress and create the most long-lived fortress in this game? AlphaGo, with the arduous efforts by numerous engineers and programmers, practiced Go all the time before the competition against the human master, and its experience was/is richer than any human being.
On YouTube, there is a video about an AI playing Dwarf Fortress—4 hours long in this recording.
Another video that shows how an AI self-taught itself (so tempted to say himself…) to play a bricks breaking game. You can literally say how it makes progress from 100th training to 600th training.