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AI Learns How to Swing Like Spider-Man

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By hite

Presumably, in an attempt to prove Spider-Man is actually a highly advanced artificial intelligence robot developed by Doctor Octopus that went rogue, YouTuber b2studios took it upon himself to see if he could get a basic AI Spider-Man to swing like the superhero. In this challenge, Spidey is tasked with swinging between parallel buildings to reach the end of the street without hitting the ground. He does hit the ground a lot, though, in the beginning, which was my favorite part.

The whole process of setting up the experiment and beginning the AI’s training is actually pretty complicated, and Spider-Man is relatively slow to get the hang of swinging (think trying to play that QWOP running game for the first time). However, after 771 sessions and 11 hours of training, Spider-Man is so good at swinging he doesn’t even need to face forward and only uses one arm to swing the entire time at speeds up to 150 km/h. Take that, Peter Parker!

Does he look as graceful swinging as I do while playing Spider-Man on PlayStation? Absolutely not, but I do pride myself on my swinging skills. Actually, progressing the story and stopping the bad guys, not so much.