Games developer asks ChatGPT to create an online version of Sudoko

Games developer asks ChatGPT to create and code an online version of Sudoko for him and now 50,000 people play it everyday

  • Daniel Tait, of Dundee, asked ChatGPT to create a Sudoku-like puzzle for him
  • Since its launch, the game has amassed over 50,000 players within a week 

A games maestro who invented Mathler – a maths version of Wordle – has once again wowed players with yet another head-scratching online challenge – but this time he used AI computer ChatGPT to build it. 

Daniel Tait’s latest web game Sumplete has been a runaway success, amassing 50,000 players in its first week.

But unlike Tait’s previous successes, this new game’s code was automated by the AI program during the design process – leading commentators to wonder how long software developers will be in a job, The Times reports.

The paper even theorises we could soon spend our days ‘doing parlour games designed by robots’.

Sumplete is a logic puzzle similar to Sudoku. But unlike the latter, which requires filling numbers in a grid, Sumplete has the numbers already and the user has to take them out until each row and column adds up to a specific number.

Daniel Tait’s latest game Sumplete has been a runaway success, amassing 50,000 players in its first week

The Times reports that the resulting game is ‘an oddly addictive maths game’ that is ‘satisfyingly easy’ a 4×4 grid, but also comes with a harder 8×8.

Tait, from Dundee, said: ‘Sometimes I think it’s an amazing, absolutely incredible, science fiction-like technology. And other times I think it’s really glorified autocomplete.’

Tait used ChatGPT to create the game, asking the platform to come up with a puzzle similar to Sudoku that didn’t already exist.

He added: ‘I try to look at it rationally. There was still a human operator behind the machine, prompting it to create what I wanted. The creepiest thing I find personally is that my girlfriend now refers to ChatGPT as “he”.

‘She says, “What does he think we should do to improve it? What does he think we should do next?” She refers to this person in our life who is not a person at all.’

Using the software to create the game has also led to other questions, one of them being copyright if Tait decided to put adverts on the site. In response, he said he would ‘hate to be any form of intellectual property lawyer in this day and age’.

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