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How gamification triggered the AI era


The image depicts a futuristic, surreal scene centered around an illuminated humanoid figure with a glowing, circuit-like head. Surrounding this figure are numerous vibrant and dynamic elements representing various aspects of technology and artificial intelligence. These include cameras, emojis, rockets, robotic arms, gaming controllers, and digital screens. Explosions and beams of light emanate from the figure, symbolizing the rapid expansion and impact of AI technology. The overall composition is chaotic yet captivating, illustrating the fusion of human imagination and technological innovation.

The AI tech boom is in full swing, with the market valued at $241.8 billion, surpassing the global movie industry and nearing the size of the video game industry. Since the launch of ChatGPT by OpenAI in November 2022, AI products have become both tools and toys for consumers, driving rapid advancements despite some limitations.


Critics highlight AI's imperfections, such as its tendency to make mistakes or "hallucinate." However, these flaws also create a playful interaction between users and technology, akin to a global game. This element of fun has been crucial to AI's widespread adoption.


One example is Google's "Say What You See" game, where players describe AI-generated images in under 120 characters, creating a feedback loop that tests the AI's image-generation capabilities. This gamification of AI technology has historical roots, dating back to Tom Murphy VII's 2013 experiment using AI to play classic Nintendo games. These trials highlighted AI's ability to find unique solutions and provided insights into its limitations.


The playful side of AI is also evident in applications like "This Person Does Not Exist," which generates realistic human faces but occasionally produces bizarre visual artifacts. Users then engage in an imaginative game to create stories around these anomalies.


As AI continues to evolve, the public's interaction with this technology through playful experiments and critiques can help inform its development. Despite its flaws, the inherently entertaining nature of AI ensures ongoing public engagement, making it a powerful, albeit unpredictable, force in tech innovation. Source: Mashable

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