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Video Game Ad of the Day: Sid Meier’s Civilization II

Civilization II
Civilization II is well known for its potential to eat up your free time. I particularly liked this recent story from a reddit user who’d been playing the game on and off for ten years, with his civilization stuck in a deadlock with two other powers.

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MIT teaches computer to learn English by playing Civilization


Say you’re testing how a computer learns to understand language. How would you test that? A 1000 word essay on Shakespeare? Well, how about playing Sid Meier’s Civilization – because that’s exactly what the minds at MIT have done.

The computer started out by responding to basic actions like driving the cursor around the screen. It could see words on the screen and determine their meaning by what their meaning was within the game. That’s not the half of it, though.
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