Artificial Intelligence Learns the Ways of Minecraft

Microsoft on Monday unveiled AIX, a platform that its researchers have been using to turn Minecraft into an artificial intelligence learning environment. Although Microsoft’s 2014 decision to buy Minecraft raised some eyebrows — the main criticism being that the game had run its course by then — the company has been putting it to some innovative uses. The work with AIX, for example, can be likened to teaching an AI platform to survive on its instincts within an unfamiliar virtual world. Critical Thinking Microsoft has been working on AIX for about a year. It got its start in Microsoft’s Cambridge, UK, lab, where lead developer Katja Hofmann and her colleagues breathed life into it. A five-person team at Microsoft Research’s NYC lab then began tinkering with the platform. Instead of‚Ķ


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