Oh no. It looks like the apocalyptic prediction of machines ruling the world from the Terminator movies is coming true. YouTube user SethBling wrote a program called MarI/O, that taught itself to play the Nintendo game “Super Mario World” through the power of “neuroevolution.” Not only was the program able to play the game, but it beat it. If you’re curious, you can download the source code here: http://pastebin.com/ZZmSNaHX
Does this mean that Skynet, the self-aware computer network from Terminator, is probably only a few years away from reality? Or am I over reacting? Please try to calm me down in the comments.
Frank Wilson is a retired teacher with over 30 years of combined experience in the education, small business technology, and real estate business. He now blogs as a hobby and spends most days tinkering with old computers. Wilson is passionate about tech, enjoys fishing, and loves drinking beer.