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A new computer game 'bot' acts just like a real person
27 September 2012, BBC
The test involved computer bots playing humans at Unreal Tournament
A computer "bot" that hunts down and kills opponents in a video game has been judged to display behaviour that is indistinguishable from a human.
UT^2 [a bot] fooled other players and judges that it was human during a game to win the prize.
During the BotPrize competition humans and bots use a special "judgement gun" to shoot opponents that they believe are human.
Simple bots can be programmed to be extremely fast and accurate, but game players don't find these as fun to play against as real opponents, and they are easily distinguished from humans, he added.
That is because these bots act predictably, rarely make mistakes, and when they do make errors they repeat them again and again.
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