Computers already have bested human champions in Jeopardy! and chess, but artificial intelligence now has mastered an entirely new level: Space Invaders.

Google scientists have cooked up software that can do better than humans on dozens of Atari video games from the 1980s, like video pinball, boxing and Breakout. But computers don’t seem to have a ghost of a chance at Ms. Pac-Man.

The aim is not to make video games a spectator sport, turning couch potatoes who play games into couch potatoes who watch computers play games. The real accomplishment: computers that can teach themselves to succeed at tasks, learning from scratch, trial and error, just like humans. …

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