Theory and Design of MTG – Week 6: AI


WARNING: This podcast is deathly boring.

Syllabus Description: Developments in artificial intelligence and game-playing computers have begun to influence Magic as well. Having seen the program Chinook officially conquer checkers and force a win or draw in any game, it’s likely that we’ll see current computer Magic players develop as well. We will consider both statistical approaches in AI such as alpha-beta pruning and symbolic approaches such as cognitive architectures. We can weigh the benefits and drawbacks of these approaches and how this type of analysis can be used in real Magic-playing.

We also talk about how our class environment has been changing due to changes in the card pool

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