Microsoft announces Minecraft-powered AI experiment platform

Microsoft Research is to release Project AIX, an experimental platform for artificial intelligence research based on Minecraft, as an open-source package this summer. Microsoft Research has announced an innovative artificial intelligence project based around one of its newer acquisitions: the voxel-’em-up smash hit Minecraft.Acquired back in 2014 when Microsoft bought creator Mojang for a whopping $2.5 billion, Minecraft is no stranger to education. Even before the company released Minecraft Education Edition the software had seen plenty of classroom use: the game is installed throughout all Northern Irish schools, has a geological map add-on from the British Geological Survey, and even comes bundled with Raspbian for the Raspberry Pi – though, sadly, only as an extremely buggy alpha port which saw just one release in 2012 before being entirely abandoned by…


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