Microsoft to bolster artificial intelligence using Minecraft

MICROSOFT HAS revealed plans to use Minecraft as a platform for artificial intelligence (AI) experiments. An AI machine will be taught to play Minecraft as an add-on for the game, allowing interested home users and academics to evaluate the AI engine it is working on. The company, which bought the game’s designer in 2014 for $2.5bn, has always had ideas for the platform beyond simple gaming, of which this is just the latest. The project, known as AIX, will be looking to see if the machine can learn how to play freely rather than being tied to specific tasks it is instructed to do. It is hoped the machine will also be able to collaborate with other players in constructions and solving problems. AIX will be an open source add-on…

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