Microsoft Is About to Turn ‘Minecraft’ Into a Petri Dish for Artificial Intelligence

This story originally appeared on time.com. Elon Musk worries artificial intelligence may be akin to “summoning the demon,” but what if you locked the demon in a world made of adorable and beloved blocks? Okay, so the demon is at least decades off, but testing A.I. software in Minecraft? It’ll get underway this summer, says Microsoft msft . It’s called Project AIX, though don’t confuse it with IBM’s 30-year-old version of operating system Unix. This is something else: a platform created by Cambridge-based Microsoft researchers that’ll let computer scientists fiddle with A.I. in the popular cube-stacking game. Microsoft says it initially launched the project for its own purposes, then shared it with a limited group of academics in beta. It now plans to roll it out this summer as open…


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