Making AI Play Lots of Videogames Could Be Huge (No, Seriously)

It’s almost a given that you’ll ride in an autonomous car at some point in your life, and when you do, the AI controlling it just might have honed its skills playing Minecraft.It sounds crazy, but open-world games like Minecraft are a fantastic tool for teaching learning algorithms—which power the next generation of advanced artificial intelligence—how to understand and navigate three-dimensional spaces. Achieving that is a major stepping stone toward creating AI that can interact with the real world in complex ways. It’s easy to consider videogames mindless escapism, but because they generate such vast amounts of information—think of the expansive world players create in Minecraft—they are exceptionally well suited to teaching an AI how to perceive the world and interact with it. “It’s hard for a human to teach AI,” says Xerox…

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