AI tests mean Minecraft will soon be able to play itself

Microsoft The sandbox world of Minecraft allows you build practically anything. Soon though, it won’t be used simply to create spatial objects, but artificial intelligence systems. At least, that’s Microsoft’s plan, taking an project aiming to teach AI to make its own decisions and launching it as an open-source testbed. Currently, Microsoft’s internal study sees a small team of computer scientists trying to teach a virtual player how to navigate Mojang’s blocky world. The AI has only the same available resources a flesh and blood player would have access to, and must learn from its mistakes. The game is a surprisingly good starting point to help learning AIs develop. After all, Minecraft drops human players into a randomly generated world and abandons them with no instructions, leaving them to intuit…


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