Google's Semantris Game Showcases Sophisticated Machine Learning

 - Apr 19, 2018
References: research.google & kotaku
Google's latest Semantris game is an addictive and innovative word game that perfectly showcases games powered by machine learning. The gameplay is fairly simple as it tasks players with coming up with a word that closely relates to a word the game generates. The challenge lies in the ability to make word associations as quickly and accurately as possible. The premise is concise and easily understood, but allows for a wildly addictive experience that promotes fast thinking and language comprehension.

While the Semantris game is a great tool for entertainment, its innovation lies more in how the game functions. The word association system is handled completely through AI that has gained language comprehension from machine learning. Its ability to correctly match similar words comes from the billions of lines of dialogue Google's AI has observed and this game really shows just how advanced the AI is. Google has explicitly stated that the Semantris game is not being used to collect data or to further train its AI, but is instead a tool to showcase how far AI has come in understanding natural language.