Festive Treats: Pong with friends :)

Rise of the machines.

This post is part of our festive treats series, where we bring you the latest updates from the world of digital creativity and offer themed assets to download and use in your own projects! You’re welcome 🙂


Creative theme: AI (Artificial Intelligence)

Just when we thought our 1978 PONG record would be safe for another forty years, up pops a young pretender to smash our longstanding record!

Worse than this, the heir to our retro gaming crown isn’t even a fully-grown human. No, it’s a collection of brain cells being grown in a lab, which have determined the best way to spend their time is to discover the intricacies of retro games mechanics!

The ‘original’ Pong:

Brain cells learning to play Pong (In real time!):

You can get the full story from UCL and BIG THINK.

In need of genuine global highscores? You’ll be wanting to visit Twin Galaxies!

Project / Research Suggestions

As AI becomes more commonplace, questions about its efficacy and morality are increasingly more strident. Earlier this year a Google employee was moved off an AI project after stating the ‘bot’ he was working on had become sentient:

Google employee fired

laMDA chatbot is sentient

Just starting out with AI? Google’s AI blog is a great place to start!

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