Posted: Mar 13, 2023 in Minecraft
The subject of AI is extremely important in the modern world. With seemingly limitless possibilities, modern iterations of artificial intelligence are able to produce coherent images, vocals, written passages, and more with fewer and fewer parameters. Furthermore, the quality and believability (in regards to mimicking human creative direction) is closer to that of a golden standard. It is becoming difficult to differentiate a computer generated creative endeavor from a human one. This brings us into the disruptive subject of AI in gaming, of which we should address the most popular video game of all time: Minecraft. Minecraft has become a host for numerous artificial intelligence projects with varying degrees of ‘success’. Today, we’ll delve into the subject of AI and what it means for the future of our favorite block game, along with the gaming industry as a whole. Let’s begin.
What even is AI?
AI (Artificial Intelligence) in gaming refers to the use of computer programs to simulate human-like intelligence in games. This allows game developers to create non-playable characters (NPCs) that can interact with players in a more realistic and immersive way.
There are different types of AI techniques used in gaming. One common approach is rule-based AI, which involves programming specific rules and decision-making processes for NPCs to follow. This approach is useful for creating NPCs that can perform specific tasks, such as controlling enemy movements in a first-person shooter game. Another approach is machine learning, which involves training AI models on large amounts of data to enable them to learn and improve their performance over time. This approach is useful for creating NPCs that can adapt to different situations and environments, such as NPCs in open-world games.
AI in gaming can enhance player experiences in several ways. For example, NPCs with more realistic and varied behavior patterns can create a more immersive and engaging game environment. Additionally, AI opponents can provide a greater challenge for players, making games more difficult and rewarding. Overall, AI is an important tool for game developers to create more engaging and realistic game environments, and it will likely continue to play a significant role in the future of gaming.
How has AI developed in gaming as of recently? Well, AI has been rapidly developing in gaming in recent years, with advancements in both hardware and software allowing for more sophisticated AI systems. Some of the recent developments in AI in gaming include:
Overall, the recent developments in AI in gaming have allowed for more sophisticated and engaging game experiences. For example, procedural generation has become the foundation of Minecraft and many other survival games as they lean on their infinitely growing worlds to ignite interest and wonder into the playerbase. As AI technology continues to evolve, we can expect to see even more advancements in the field of gaming. Unfortunately, not all of these advancements are a net positive.
2b2t is a Minecraft server that has been around since 2010 and is known for its large player base and anarchic gameplay. In recent years, players on the server have started to experiment with using advanced AI techniques to automate tasks and improve gameplay. One example of advanced AI being used on the 2b2t server is the creation of “bots” that automate various tasks, such as gathering resources, building structures, and even fighting other players. These bots are programmed using advanced algorithms and machine learning techniques, allowing them to adapt to different situations and environments. Many would argue that Minecraft as a game demands its player work through the efforts of mining and collecting resources as a critical part of its gameplay, and that bypassing it using automatons is against the spirit of things. Furthermore, these bots actually take up slots on the server which players could be in. Another way that these bots have been used is to create ‘bot armies’ which are quite literally automated groups of AI controlled accounts that can efficiently and effectively take down individual players. They require no sleep, they don’t make the mistakes that players normally make in PvP. And with every interaction, they become more efficient through machine learning. It’s absolutely terrifying!
Another example of AI being used on the server is the creation of “smart” chatbots that can communicate with players in a more natural and intuitive way. These chatbots use natural language processing (NLP) algorithms to understand and respond to player input, allowing for more engaging and interactive conversations. This brings up a whole slew of ethical concerns. What if a chatbot is used to impersonate another user with incredible accuracy? What if players are uninformed on the mechanical nature of the “player” they’re interacting with? So many issues!
Additionally, players on the 2b2t server have used AI to generate complex and detailed maps of the game world. These maps are generated using procedural content generation techniques, allowing for a more dynamic and varied game environment. To a degree, this one’s actually pretty harmless. Lol.
It’s worth noting that for the reasons listed, the use of bots and other forms of AI on the 2b2t server has been a controversial topic. Some players argue that these tools give an unfair advantage to those who use them, while others see them as a way to level the playing field against more experienced players. The use of advanced AI on the 2b2t server is an example of how AI technology can be used to enhance gameplay and create more engaging and immersive game experiences. However, as with any technology, it’s important to consider the ethical and moral implications of its use.
Unfortunately, AI can be used for malicious purposes, such as cheating, griefing, or exploiting vulnerabilities in the game.
One solution is implementing anti-cheat measures. Minecraft servers can implement anti-cheat measures to detect and prevent cheating, such as using software to detect abnormal player behavior or installing plugins that detect cheating mods. Security protocols can also be developed in the form of defenses against DDoS attacks and Captcha systems which prevent AI from accessing areas made for human players. Most likely the captchas would have to be regularly updated as newer AI would be able to bypass them successfully. Combine all this with community monitoring and healthy encouragement of ethical use of AI and ideally the problem will solve itself. Preventing griefing, hacking, and other forms of malicious behavior has always been difficult for many Minecraft servers/communities, but it is absolutely necessary to maintain the status quo.
Overall, preventing the malicious use of AI in Minecraft requires a combination of technical measures, community involvement, and ethical considerations. As shown with the example of 2B2T, the instances and scale of the growing issue of AI in gaming/Minecraft will only grow. By taking a proactive approach to preventing AI-based attacks, developers and players can help create a safer and more enjoyable Minecraft experience for everyone. In any case, I hope you all have a wonderful day!