How Microsoft is open-sourcing Minecraft AI experiments

When people say “X is so much more than a simple game”, it’s usually just marketing spiel: a vain attempt to make something sound more interesting than it actually is, but Minecraft is definitely an exception to this rule. Not only is it being used effectively for educational purposes, but its new owners at Microsoft want to push it to the heart of research into artificial intelligence. Speaking at New Scientist Live, Microsoft Research’s Katja Hofmann was on hand to explain how and why the game is the perfect petri dish for artificial-intelligence experimentation. “With artificial intelligence, it’s actually very hard to experiment. If we wanted to build a robot that can climb stairs, walk and talk to us – building that robot is currently extremely expensive,” Hofmann explained, citing…


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