AI machine beats college kids at foosball

Computers have been beating humans at board games like chess and Go. But now they’ve conquered the basement and bar game of foosball too. A group of undergrads at Brigham Young University in Utah have built an AI machine that can play on a modified foosball table. In a recent game, the machine defeated a human player four to one. “It’s not that we need a computerized foosball table, but it is a small example of a much larger problem,” computer engineering student Nathan Warner said in a video. In the future, computers will have to react to physical surroundings in more nuanced ways. They’ll be inside of things like self-driving cars and robotic assistants. Programming software to play foosball is just another example of how nimble and adaptable computers…

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