U.S. Army Seeks To Test Virtual Soldier A.I. in WoW

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U.S. Army Seeks To Test Virtual Soldier A.I. in WoW

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The future is starting to look a heck of a lot scarier. Hasn't anyone seen Terminator?

Reportedly, the U.S. Army is branching out to embrace research into more paranormal aspects of military technology. As part of this unusual initiative, the military hopes to test realistic holographic soldiers in online MMOGs like World of Warcraft and Eve Online, according to the online defense journal DoD Buzz.

Among other strange experiments, the army is working on perfecting extremely realistic computer-generated entities that think, emote, and respond to human interaction of their own accord, says Dr. John Parmentola, director of research and laboratory management with the U.S. Army's science and technology office. He said these holographic 3D soldiers could be used for military training simulations and war games. To test the realistic nature of these A.I. soldiers, the army wants to unleash them into World of Warcraft to see how they interact with players.

"I actually interact with virtual humans in terms of asking them questions and they're responding," said Parmentola. "We want to use the massively multi-player online game as an experimental laboratory to see if they're good enough to convince humans that they're actually human."

The article goes on to talk about some creepier military research happening in the areas of memory erasing and implanting, limb regeneration, mind-controlled computing, and other stuff you'd expect to see in the X-Files. It's simultaneously creepy and interesting stuff. Who knows, maybe the next time you're out on a WoW raid not all of your buddies may be controlled by living, breathing beings sitting behind a computer screen.

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So, what, it's Glider with an American Government Stamp of Approval on it and expanded human interactions?

Good luck getting a robot to understand half of the whiney, snot-snosed kids on a sugar rush that inhabit the World of Warcraft. No amount of code will translate half of the shit that some people come out with in that game.

An AI that can pass the Turing test, eh? Good luck to them (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turing_test)

thats not normal at all...

What does it matter if they are human like or not? Can they keep me healed and keep aggro during our hunt for Sarah Conner? Well lets be honest here if the army can get them working perfectly then the 900 lines can actually be automized and more humans will be out of work....till they learn to program and make their own pron droids!

Honestly, the day I see an AI join a guild and go on raids?
That's the level of AI we need. Even if it's programmed ahead of time with certain behaviours and set phrases, as long as it continues to act well in that role...

Hlaf these things they probably developed a while ago and use pretty normally in combat. Just gradual 'letting things out', as they did with the F117-A and B2 aircraft.

O, why are we training soldier AIs in WoW? When are you going to be training soldiers against AIs developed to fight in WoW? Yes, I realize they are training the ability to emote nd respond to human interaction, but if you train it in WoW they're going to be trained to react to little snot nosed brats that use the new cuss word they learned yesterday as much as they can.

Also, can I point out the use of the term "paranormal aspects" that the military is researching? Does that mean we're going to have ghosts in our army now? Or zombies?

Solo508:
Good luck getting a robot to understand half of the whiney, snot-snosed kids on a sugar rush that inhabit the World of Warcraft. No amount of code will translate half of the shit that some people come out with in that game.

Agreed! With barely anyone speaking coherent English and speaking volumes with virtually nothing but acronyms (IMO LOL OMG), I can only assume this AI's virtual head will explode.

Maybe with these guys I can finally get a group to complete Heroic MgT.

my friend on WoW is actually a robot?

With the amount of retards and non-English speakers they could easily have the computer pretend English isn't its first language, which is true.

Solo508:
Good luck getting a robot to understand half of the whiney, snot-snosed kids on a sugar rush that inhabit the World of Warcraft. No amount of code will translate half of the shit that some people come out with in that game.

yea but thats no big deal real people dont know what they are saying eather

Can blizzard ban the AI? If not, can the A.I. Become the biggest asshole in the game and kill low lvl's all day.

10 bucks says the AI's have pathing issues.

Hey, isn't getting a computer controlled guy in WoW just the same as botting, and I'm sure that's banned in the EULA or something

lol I'm just waiting for "US army banned from WoW"

Yeah, you're right GingerFace, it's clearly against the EULA. If they wanted to do it, they should have not publicized it first!

In other news, I kind of have a problem with being a part of military testing without knowledge or consent. What's up with that? That sounds particularly shady to me.

That's good, one step closer to NPC's that are actually smart and don't just stand there when you're being beaten to death right in front of their eyes by a local gang of thugs. >.>
Why World of Warcraft though?

Here's a headline I want to see: "Army Killbot Prototype Gets Gang-Ganked in WoW".

-- Steve

Landslide:
In other news, I kind of have a problem with being a part of military testing without knowledge or consent. What's up with that? That sounds particularly shady to me.

Does it honestly matter? Not to sound like a paranoid schizophrenic, but it's easily possible we're all part of a military experiment every time we step outside.

xitel:

Also, can I point out the use of the term "paranormal aspects" that the military is researching? Does that mean we're going to have ghosts in our army now? Or zombies?

para, I believe means something along the lines of "on the side of" or somesuch... basically, "paranormal" can refer to anything outside of the normal bounds of logic.

Solo508:
Good luck getting a robot to understand half of the whiney, snot-snosed kids on a sugar rush that inhabit the World of Warcraft. No amount of code will translate half of the shit that some people come out with in that game.

dont forget all those stupid chuck norris jokes in the looking for group chat.

then maybe when they use it in combat, we just have to tell them that chuck norris is with us and they will simply surrender, jejeh.

not just wow, they did say eve online, there's a lot less 14 year olds there. But alot more asshats that will try to con you. Thats all we need an angry skynet running around trying to find some guy who conned him out of all his stuff.

Wow, I don't think the military's been this into wierd/paranormal research like this since the Cold War. Pretty predictable, though. They start doing shit like this when they're either scared shitless or bored. I think we need another world war.

Robert0288:
not just wow, they did say eve online, there's a lot less 14 year olds there. But alot more asshats that will try to con you. Thats all we need an angry skynet running around trying to find some guy who conned him out of all his stuff.

SkyNet taking on the Goon Fleet; it's like a beautiful, wonderful dream...

-- Steve

Anton P. Nym:

Robert0288:
not just wow, they did say eve online, there's a lot less 14 year olds there. But alot more asshats that will try to con you. Thats all we need an angry skynet running around trying to find some guy who conned him out of all his stuff.

SkyNet taking on the Goon Fleet; it's like a beautiful, wonderful dream...

-- Steve

Its a learning AI right?

If so, then we are truly screwed. Because once SkyNet finishes off the last of the goon, the world will be destroyed by a massive goon 'esk' rush of robots screaming:
'ALLAH ACKBAR'

And as your Plasma rifle goes dry after hours of slaughtering the fodder robots, know that I fucking called it.

This will not end well.

I doubt you can program a robot that can walk, talk, and recognize human commands. There is no way that would even be possible. I think it would be sweet to have them in games though!

unfortunately, they'll end up with an AI that has no friends, teabags it's enemies, talks about 'Ganking' and spends all it's time on a computer. plus, it calls the enemy noobs. I'd go for memory erasal. that'd be cool

And now, we bring you a transcript of US army radio transmissions, circa 2039
Unit_1 Lol! ownage noobz!
Unit_2 ROFL
Unit_1 k, letz go gank those noobz. die lowbies!!!
Uint_2 Lol! lvl 7o gear

domicius:
An AI that can pass the Turing test, eh? Good luck to them (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turing_test)

There was one made in SW:G some time ago...Can't find a link but basically it followed the leader, shot the object targeted by the leader and answered based on simple punctuation clues. From the article, it fooled at least 5 people, including one of the Dev's.

If anyone can find it (It gave you a melon if it couldn't work out what you were saying), please link it. :)

can you get robots to understand 1337 speak? for that matter, can you get robots to understand the crappy spelling that is used in WOW

the jellyman:
unfortunately, they'll end up with an AI that has no friends, teabags it's enemies, talks about 'Ganking' and spends all it's time on a computer. plus, it calls the enemy noobs. I'd go for memory erasal. that'd be cool

And now, we bring you a transcript of US army radio transmissions, circa 2039
Unit_1 Lol! ownage noobz!
Unit_2 ROFL
Unit_1 k, letz go gank those noobz. die lowbies!!!
Uint_2 Lol! lvl 7o gear

i can just see it now

domicius:
An AI that can pass the Turing test, eh? Good luck to them (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turing_test)

Now, that's cool, them working on a robot that can pass the Turing Test. However, if they wanted to test the AI on World Of Warcraft, wouldn't it go against the EULA, a la the Glider bot ?... Double standards much.

Amnestic:
So, what, it's Glider with an American Government Stamp of Approval on it and expanded human interactions?

ha,basically, yet more advanced

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