AI is seeing more inclusion in different aspects of gaming to offer a better user experience

One of the first moments the general public realized the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) to alter the gaming industry was when DeepMind showed what it could do in a game of Go. 200 million people watched its AlphaGo program beat a world master of the game in 2016, but, apart from that, there have been several more examples of AI being able to tackle everything from video games to poker, and AI can now teach itself how to master several games. These have all been leading up to the position AI has in the gaming industry today, one that puts the technology at the forefront of virtually all operations.

As an example of how far AI has come, Sony has a patent for AI technology that monitors a player’s behavior. The goal is to create a bot that can replicate a player, meaning the AI could be used in place of the gamer. In addition, a machine learning tool has been developed to make video game imagery more realistic. It selects photographic images from a database to render a more realistic style, which can be used by online casino operators to offer a more live casino experience. Intel ISL is behind technology and has already included it in Grand Theft Auto V.

While AI is clearly having an impact across gaming, there are some areas that it cannot touch, which is where the next cycle of innovation emerges. For instance, the online casino industry now offers a wide range of games, but, while they all look different, many of them use random number generators (RNG) and luck-based odds to ensure that outcomes cannot be predicted. AI has a difficult time learning how to beat them; however, that’s why the technology excels. It helps to identify any weaknesses and improve security, which leads to a better gaming experience.