Simulated ‘mannequins’ have been taught how to play soccer (football) by an international team of machine learning scientists. Yes, you read that correctly.
Sidenote: I insist on using the term “football” instead of “soccer”.
The results, including the endearing videos of the AI mannequins taking their new-found skills onto the pitch, are published in the journal Science Robotics. Do yourself a favour and watch those videos. If you think the screenshot above is the visual representation of chaos, you’ll love the movies.
But before the AI grudge match of the century, some basic training was necessary. To get the three-dimensional artificial intelligence humanoids to play football, they first needed to be coached in some rudimentary locomotion.
The team of computer scientists led by Siqi Liu is based at the British…