Naturally, the Nimitz has been a massive success. It launched in October 2016, and in just two months, it got the Navy twice as many potential recruit sign-ups as they'd had over the past two years combined. Sure, most of those were probably not ultimately deemed fit to join, but then again, they always need more drone pilots.
Games Are Used To Test Artificial Intelligence
Smart players recognize that games can teach us many valuable skills, like reasoning, hand-eye coordination, and knowing which flowers to pick to give ourselves fire powers. And it seems that the rest of the world is finally catching up, because scientists are now using video games to test a whole new kind of intelligence.
When computer scientist Artur Filipowicz was working on smart cars, he couldn't get the damn things to recognize stop signs, which some drivers might know are pretty important for road safety. So instead of sending out his robot cars into the real world and hoping they'd figure it out before mowing down too many children, he decided to upload his self-driving software into Grand Theft Auto V. Modifying his software to incorporate the game, he used GTA as a virtual training world to let his AI figure out stop signs without putting anyone real in danger, with the added bonus of the cars learning how to dodge rockets like champs.
But how about programs dealing with something squishier than cars, like humans? Games have the answer for that too, as Microsoft has tweaked Minecraft to test human/AI collaboration so that we can train our future computer overlords to perform the tasks we want them to. Soon they won't need our help building houses, digging holes, or unleashing the zombie apocalypse.
MojangGod help us if they ever figure out how to control lava.