New AI Robotic Arm Plays Settlers of Catan
If you've ever found yourself desperately wanting to play Settlers, but can't find any friends who can spare five or six hours, you can now play with your friendly neighborhood robotic arm. German robotics company Kuka has teamed up with students at the Regensburg University of Applied Sciences to make a robot that can play our favorite nerdy strategy game.
The robotic arm is controlled by an AI, which the students created by making an online game platform that takes data from human players, and then using it to teach the robot through Machine Learning. It's not super advanced in its strategy yet, but it can precisely place road pieces and build settlements, not to mention move that robber around.
And what's more practical than playing Settlers of Catan for hours/days/weeks on end?
Via Popular Science