While this event takes place during BlizzCon 2017, it is considered a separate event and is not part of the official BlizzCon program – therefore BlizzCon badges will not grant access to the AI workshop. However, we will be providing a limited pool of shareable BlizzCon badges that attendees of the AI workshop can use to check out BlizzCon and catch the StarCraft II Global Finals for inspiration on how to build superior AIs!
For the training data, we label on output 𝑣𝑘 as follows. For each self-play game, first calculate territory difference 𝑛 at the end of the game. Then, based on the Chinese rule, label 1 (win) on 𝑣𝑘 for all 𝑘 < 𝑛, and -1 (lose) for all 𝑘 > 𝑛. (Note that the draw case 𝑘 = 𝑛 is ignored in this paper since the komi is not an integer normally.) For example, if black occupies 7 more points of territory than white, the 𝑘-komi game is considered a win for all 𝑘 < 7, and a loss for all 𝑘 > 7. Thus, in this case, a 7.5-komi game is a loss, and a 6.5-komi or 0.5-komi game is a win.
Today at BlizzCon 2016 in Anaheim, California, we announced our collaboration with Blizzard Entertainment to open up StarCraft II to AI and Machine Learning researchers around the world.
這次比起圍棋更有意義的地方在於，圍棋是在完整資訊的情況下做出決策，但真實世界中經常是沒有完整的資訊就要做決策，這次的 StartCraft II 類似於這樣的環境，更接近於現實生活的情境：
StarCraft is an interesting testing environment for current AI research because it provides a useful bridge to the messiness of the real-world. The skills required for an agent to progress through the environment and play StarCraft well could ultimately transfer to real-world tasks.
Computers are capable of extremely fast control, but that doesn’t necessarily demonstrate intelligence, so agents must interact with the game within limits of human dexterity in terms of “Actions Per Minute”.
Jordan Mechner (波斯王子的作者) 用 Rotoscoping 的方式將他弟弟做這些動作的畫面拍下來，然後確保在電腦上角色的動作是順暢的：
Here's the source frames used to rotoscope the above animation. Don't let the ghostly pallor fool you! Jordan Mechner's brother is in fact quite healthy; he was altered with state-of-the-art Liquid Paper and Sharpie technology to fit the palette restrictions of the Apple II.
Thanks to Jason Scott and Tony Diaz for successfully extracting the source code from a 22-year-old 3.5" floppy disk archive, a task that took most of a long day and night, and would have taken much longer if not for Tony's incredible expertise, perseverence, and well-maintained collection of vintage Apple hardware.
The matches will be played under Chinese rules with a komi of 7.5 (the compensation points the player who goes second receives at the end of the match). Each player will receive two hours per match with three lots of 60-second byoyomi (countdown periods after they have finished their allotted time).
The matches will be held at the Four Seasons Hotel, Seoul, South Korea, starting at 1pm local time (4am GMT; day before 11pm ET, 8pm PT) on March 9th, 10th, 12th, 13th and 15th.