Further proving that absolutely nobody learned anything from the Terminator movies, Sony has patented an AI that can study someone’s playstyle and take over playing a game for them. The idea is explained in more detail in a recent patent application (spotted by SegmentNext) that describes the application as an “automated artificial intelligence control mode for playing specific tasks during gaming applications.”
The method works by assigning an AI with a set of generic behaviors to a player’s profile. Over time, the AI will observe how the player plays games and and apply it to their profile, meaning the AI will start making decisions the same way the player does. Eventually, this process should create an AI profile that plays the same way the player does, and the player will be able to let the AI take over and play the game for them.
This method could have several uses, including allowing the AI to take over and play difficult sections on the player’s behalf, which is something the games using the feature could track. “If the AI character has completed specific tasks, those tasks can be identified as being completed by the user with assistance from the AI game controller,” the patent explains.
The patent also gives another interesting example. If playing a co-op or multiplayer game, the AI could potentially take over if one player has to leave the game to eat dinner or do some work. In this case, the player can set the AI to play in “automatic mode” so the game can continue until the player returns.
This patent isn’t entirely unexpected since Sony launched an organization to research and develop AI technology in 2019. While there are definitely uses for such technology, and the cited examples are intriguing, you have to wonder if it’s a good idea considering the potential dangers of AI. I guess we’ll find out if Sony decides to do anything other than patent it.