Using Minecraft To Build Better AI — Microsoft AIX

It needs to understand its surroundings and figure out what’s important – going uphill – and what isn’t, such as whether it’s light or dark. Using Minecraft means a character can endure trial and error – such as falling into rivers and lava pits – without researchers incurring the huge cost of replacing a damaged robot. Microsoft Corporation plans to use sandbox video game Minecraft to develop artificial intelligence technology for the real world. To date, a small group of academic researchers have been able to test it via a private beta. Explaining that the openness and creativity of Minecraft provides endless possibilities to explore and make breakthroughs in artificial intelligence. In comparison, Minecraft offers a very open world that’s limited only by your imagination. People build wonderful structures that…

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