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Does ‘Super Mario Bros.’ compute?

super_mario_bros_boxResearchers in Denmark and London are trying to test the limits of artificial intelligence by seeing if a computer can beat the original Super Mario Bros. video game.

It won’t be quite the same as the Nintendo classic. They’re having to mixing it up with a random level generator because the original levels were deemed too easy for the AI. (Now that’s some content I’d like to see on the Wii’s Virtual Console!)

The real test will be whether the computer turns homicidal and destroys humanity when it beats Bowser, only to be told “Thank you Mario! But our princess is in another castle!”

Via Discovery News

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