Advancing artificial intelligence … with Minecraft

A group of computer scientists have found an unorthodox but potentially groundbreaking new platform to study artificial intelligence: the wildly popular video game Minecraft.Microsoft bought the maker of the popular video game, in which players use characters to explore and build projects in what amounts to a boundless virtual sandbox, for a reported $2.5 billion in 2014, according to PC Mag, and researchers for the tech giant are now using the game to try to solve one of AI’s toughest challenges: what researchers call “general intelligence,” the complex way humans learn, principally through trial-and-error, and make decisions.AI research has reached the point that computers can be programmed to carry out specific, complicated tasks, like understanding and translating speech, very well – even better than an average adult. Getting computers to…

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