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News video games 03 September 2023, 23:29

author: Kamil Kleszyk

Here's AI Playing Tomb Raider and Comments on Its Own Actions as Lara

An experiment by an Internet user shows what games of the future could look like if their characters were aware of themselves, their surroundings and the situation they are in.

Source: Square Enix / Pixabay, geralt

There has been a lot of controversy surrounding artificial intelligence in recent months. The public seems to be unconvinced by the development of AI for fear that sooner or later it will take away their jobs, or at worst, enslave them. Leaving all these fears aside, however, the use of artificial intelligence can also bring a lot of benefits, which are already evident in everyday life.

To show how fascinating artificial intelligence is, a youtuber by the handle Foxmaster took on the classic Tomb Raider. Using various free AI tools, he breathed digital life into Lara Croft.

The bot taking control of the heroine not only learns to recognize the locations she is in, but traverses them on its own and comments on what it sees in front of it - although the latter, Foxmaster stressed, is generated with his help.

The Internet user explains that he used ChatGPT to determine Lara's personality. For this purpose, the creator entered into the program all the information he has about the heroine. Thus, the archaeologist is brave, clever and friendly. Everything she has to say is filtered by these personality traits.

"Lara is still an artificial intelligence that tries to trick us into thinking she is conscious. She's good at it because I asked her to take Lara's personality into account; she knows her character traits because I told her everything I know about the character. She sounds and looks realistic because of her voice and live reaction, but if you focus only on the comments, you'll notice that she's still a bot; everything she says or does can be explained," Foxmaster explains.

In addition to the video explaining all the technical intricacies of the project, the youtuber shared three more fully edited videos on his channel showing the effects of the month-long experiment. Below, you can watch one of them and see how the "self-aware" Lara Croft handles successive parts of the game.

As Foxmaster adds, the project was created to show the potential of artificial intelligence. Nevertheless, the creator stressed that "the human brain is still more efficient, and having a normal conversation in real life is much more impressive than this experiment." He believes people should therefore enjoy what they have and take full advantage of the benefits of artificial intelligence.

Kamil Kleszyk

Kamil Kleszyk

An introvert by nature. Since childhood, he felt a closer connection to humanism than to the sciences. Instead of exercises in maths, he preferred shutting himself up in his world and inventing new stories of his favorite anime – Dragon Ball. After years of study came a time of stagnation, which he preferred to call "searching for purpose." Looking out for destiny during the 58th screening of his beloved Die Hard, he decided – like John McCLane – to fight for a better future. He found the avenue to do this in Gamepressure. Since he's still a freshman in the newsroom, he doesn't have a target subject he wants to focus on yet. So, you can expect news about farming simulators, or the impact of Johnny Depp's trial on the future of Pirates of the Caribbean. If you ever hear that playing console games and watching movies is futile – remember this story


Tomb Raider (1996)

Tomb Raider (1996)

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