Microsoft AI Is Learning Via Minecraft

The Microsoft Research team is training an AI agent to learn how to complete virtual tasks in the pixelated game. One small step for a Minecraft character is one giant leap for artificial intelligence. The Microsoft Research team in New York City spends its days trying to train an AI agent to learn how to complete virtual functions using the same resources humans have when learning a new task. Running the new AIX platform—developed in Redmond’s Cambridge, England, lab—five computer scientists use the Minecraft world as a testing ground. The artificial intelligence agent starts with no knowledge of its surroundings, or what it is meant to accomplish. It needs to think for itself to understand the environment, and determine what is important—like going uphill—and what isn’t—like the time of day.…

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