The robo ‘gym’ where Minecraft is being used to train super smart AI

Wednesday 23 November 2016 Katja Hofmann at Microsoft Research in Cambridge Julian Love Subscribe to WIREDADVERTISEMENT For Katja Hofmann, Minecraft is not just a virtual world: it is a gym for artificial intelligences. Hofmann, 36, is the lead researcher on Microsoft Research Lab’s Project Malmo, an open-source platform that makes it possible to test AIs inside the game’s pixelated universe. ADVERTISEMENT “A question in artificial intelligence is how we get AIs to learn how to interact in a complex environment, to experiment in a wide range of settings,” she says. “There’s really a need for an experimentation platform.”Researchers using Project Malmo, which was made available to developers in July 2016 after a year of in-house testing at Microsoft’s Cambridge-based lab, can create AI agents and set them loose in a…

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