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SIMA is an abbreviation for Scalable, Instructable, Multiworld Agent. That the Artificial Intelligence world is buzzing with research and its productization at a breath-taking pace. Products from competing companies keep hitting the market or for be beta version validation on a regular basis. The final frontier as it stands now is Artificial General Intelligence, AGI. While this becomes overall gamut and also the purpose of this whole sector, efforts are on that the AI Agent understands and acts as in the case of human-to-human engagement, which primarily means the capability to follow natural language instructions.

With this end in mind Google DeepMind has introduced SIMA. A generalist is what we need in AI agents, each doing only one specialized task will become a bottleneck today or tomorrow and it would be cost intensive too. Not being natural language enabled, as we know, has its own issues. This it would come in the way of the commercial or very wide use of the AI agent. The attempt has been to create an all-pervasive model, which can literally upstage, all that has happened so far. SIMA is being developed as first generalist artificial intelligence agent to follow natural language instructions in a broad range of 3D virtual environments and video games.

How does this happen? Large and diverse dataset of gamely from curated research environments and curated video games are collected. The pretraining data and methodology of training is directly proportional to the purpose. “This dataset is used to train agents to follow open-ended language instructions via pixel inputs and keyboard-and-mouse outputs.” The effectiveness of the training needs to be evaluated in terms of the agent’s behaviour across a broad range of skills. The pursuit has always been to make AI navigate and comprehend the intricacies of three-dimensional environments.

All this should happen with the ease and adaptability of humans. The reliability factor without additional expertise for the human being would then make it to be a revolutionary AI in the true sense. Broken into complementary parts; the AI agent should first and foremost perceive its surroundings and also simultaneously follow “complex instructions articulated in the language of their human creators.” This is pushing the boundaries of AI on a day-to-day basis. What it would be able to achieve by bridging the gap between abstract verbal commands and concrete action within the digital worlds, is anyone’s guess. Let’s hope it happens sooner than later.

Sanjay Sahay

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