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This Obstacle Tower Challenge is meant to be a solid benchmark for intelligence system researchers


Today we are announcing the upcoming launch of the Obstacle Tower Challenge: a first-of-its-kind artificial intelligence challenge designed to test the capabilities of intelligent agents and accelerate the research and development of AI. The Obstacle Tower Challenge will be a new competition aimed at testing the vision, control, planning, and generalization abilities of AI agents — capabilities that have yet to be fully tested together.

With Obstacle Tower and a $100,000 of prizes set aside for participants to claim as part of thr contest, Unity hopes that it can provide Artificial Intelligence researchers with a new bench marking tool to evaluate self-learning software. Said: “We wanted to give the researchers something to really work with that would to an extreme degree challenge the abilities of the AI systems that are currently in research and development around the world,” Danny Lange, Unity’s vice president of AI and machine learning, told “What we really want to do here is create a tool for researchers to focus their work on and unite around and compare progress.”

“A lot of people think that AI is about building better product recommendations at Amazon. But at the end of the day, it’s really solving way more complex problems. It’s about dealing with vision, control, and other cognitive challenges,” Lange says. For Unity as a company, he adds that this type of work is also about helping establish its game development tool set as a place where cutting-edge research can, down the line, translate to industry advances. “We have as a mission to democratize game development, but we also want to democratize AI. We want to make sure that a lot of developers out there can get their hands on it.”

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The Obstacle Tower Challenge officially begins on February 11, 2019, at 00:00:01 PST. At that time, entrants can review all the rules and regulations, download our Starter Kit and begin training their agents. Participants will have the opportunity to win prizes in the form of cash, travel vouchers, and Google Cloud Platform credits, valued at over $100,000.

We’ll check back in two weeks for our kick-off. For now, we encourage everyone to mark their calendars and learn more about the Tower!


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