How Microsoft plans to build human-like robots using Minecraft

The popular computer game Minecraft can help make artificial intelligence (AI) of the future more human-like, say developers at Microsoft Research. Through Project Malmo, all Minecraft users can now create their own AI. And not only will this project help educate novice and advanced programmers alike, but it will also help educate AI itself.In the world of Minecraft, AI can better learn from experience, eventually holding conversations and making decisions on the level of humans.   “Minecraft is very close to the real world in many ways,” said Jose Hernandez-Orallo, a professor at the Technical University of Valencia, Spain, in a Microsoft blog post. “There are so many possibilities.” Typically strategies for teaching AI human ways involve equations, signals and rules. But “They’re just statistical patterns, and there’s no connection to any…

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