AI Avatars Invited to Play Minecraft Game

In the pixelated cube world of “Minecraft,” players can create almost anything their hearts desire. Now, Microsoft is using the popular world-building game to build and test artificial intelligence in the fictional environment. Microsoft has made a platform for artificial intelligence (A.I.) research using a modified version of “Minecraft” that will become available to the public following a limited release to select researchers. Project Malmo (formerly known as Project AIX) allows anyone from ambitious amateur coders to advanced computer scientists to build and test artificial intelligence in the “Minecraft” environment. RELATED: VR Avatars Mimic Users’ Facial Expressions “We?re trying to put out the tools that will allow people to make progress on those really, really hard research questions,” Katja Hofmann, the project’s lead researcher, said in a Microsoft blog post…


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