Just about every individual involved with multiplayer video games is familiar with the term "bot." The term is short for either "internet robot" or "web robot" and there's been an amazing amount of growth found in bots -- both in terms of programming as well as what the bots are now capable of achieving.

While the original bots were designed to simply alleviate some of the more mundane, boring, repetitive tasks, they can be found in a great many different areas, ranging from "chatbots" (which can mimic an online person looking to have a conversation with an individual) all the way through the advanced AI bots experienced within multiplayer games.

One of the ways that AI bots are challenging multiplayer video games can be found within some of the comments left on various message boards. In order to put artificial intelligence into the multiplayer games in bot form, many video games have "dumbed down" the complexity of those games. This results in a video game tending to play like just about any other video game.

On the other hand, the artificial intelligence found within DeepRole (the gaming bot designed to win multiplayer games where allegiances and motives aren't clear at the outset) show where the future of artificial intelligence is taking the industry. What this means is that by replacing a human player with a bot, there is the likelihood of achieving a higher ratio of wins for a team.

In a partnership between Carnegie Melon University and Facebook, an AI program named "Pluribus" was the first AI bot that achieved something never done before -- beating five strong human poker players within the confines of a no-limit Texas Hold'Em game. What made this so important was that poker relies heavily upon hidden information from each player. When an AI player is able to accurately beat the human players, it demonstrates remarkable strides within the field.

What makes this astonishing (and potentially troublesome) is that the Pluribus bot used under $200 worth of computational power and ran in real time on 2 CPUs with less than 128 GB of memory. This means that placing AI bots into competitive games where there is actual money at stake puts any human players at a distinct disadvantage.

Of course, at the present time, there are various anti-bot programs in place, but professionals worry that with the passage of time, even more advanced bots will be able to fool the safeguard programs.


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