Ubisoft combines AI Research and Game Development into new unit ‘La Forge’

Ubisoft combines AI Research and Game Development into new unit ‘La Forge’

Ubisoft recently established an AI research wing, La Forge, which aims to harmonize research for both gaming and science.

The new unit has academics and Ubisoft employees working together on projects that will ideally advance gaming and lead to real-world breakthroughs that scientists can publish.

Ubisoft points to its work on creating a small-scale version of the San Francisco Bay Area for 2. The company developed AI-guided cars and pedestrians to navigate a realistic urban environment, and thatR7;s potentially ideal for self-driving car research; scientists could use Watch DogsR7; to test in tricky situations (such as crowds) without having to put real cars on the road. At the same time, AI designed for real cars could lead to better in-game AI.

Other work includes AI that walks and moves more realistically (helpful for robots and prosthetics) and detecting toxic behavior in online communities.

La Forge is still young, so it’s hard to know whether or not it’ll keep both sides interested. If Ubisoft keeps its juicier AI breakthroughs to itself, academics might lose interest. Likewise, Ubisoft may jump ship if research teams don’t produce enough relevant breakthroughs. If it pans out, however, this could be key to ending some of the isolation in AI development.

Credits: https://www.engadget.com/2017/12/24/ubisoft-la-forge-ai-research-unit/

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