'Doom' creator says AI can do a lot – except be real

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Artificial intelligence has already changed the way developers create video games. But while AI is a powerful tool for creating gesture-based images and music, ID Software co-founder and Doom co-creator John Romero says it still can't create anything truly new.

In a humorous interview with Ars TechnicaRomero expressed skepticism about how much creative artificial intelligence will actually impact gaming.

“It is important for us to be very original,” he said. “Generative AI relies on a database of information that has already been created, and we're trying to create something completely new.”

Game studios have enlisted AI for tasks ranging from upgrading non-player characters to moderating toxic chat rooms to recreating the voices of deceased voice actors. However, its use in creative works is more controversial. A survey found that half of game developers have used AI, but more are concerned about the technology.

Romero said that while AI is making progress, it hasn't reached the point where it can design and collaborate like human artists.

“Building brand new things isn't what creative AI does yet — I know they're trying to do that — but it's important that when you're building an actual game, you use your design understanding. Doing and working with people. Coming up with things you haven't seen before,” he said. “So you're limited by creative AI if you're trying to use it that way.”

While Romero said generative AI is good for research — describing it as a “super Google” for answering questions — he was also skeptical of how AI trained models. goes

Romero told the outlet, stressing the importance of using AI ethically and compensating the sources used to train the AI, “When it's used with images or creative concepts, it It's hard because it doesn't come from your own data.”

Romero did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Decrypt.

Released in 1993, Doom is a classic video game that has also found a special role as a test of blockchain technology. Crypto developers often use it to demonstrate the potential of blockchain. Bitcoin And DogecoinTo support and run decades-old software. Even OpenAI's flagship chatbot, Chat GPThave tried playing Dom.

In February, to prove that Doom really can run on anything, Swedish power tool maker Husqvarna partnered with ID Software to launch a lawnmower-based version of Doom.

Edited by Ryan Ozawa.

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