Microsoft sees Minecraft as AI proving ground

Enlarge Image<div id=”144c776e-a091-4421-add6-31f2f5a329cd” class=”enlargeImage” data-component=”globalModal” data-global-modal-options=”{“content”:””,”modalTemplate”:”{{content}}”,”setContentOnInit”:false}”/>The blocky look of Minecraft creations doesn’t seem to bother these fellows. Microsoft/Screenshot by ZDNet The popular construction game Minecraft is due to become a testbed for artificial intelligence software designed by startups and scientists alike. Minecraft, a game based on the notion of building blocks, is played by millions of people on consoles, PCs and phones. Developed by Stockholm-based Mojang, the game was snapped up by Microsoft in September 2014 for $2.5 billion, followed by the Redmond, Washington, software giant’s acquisition of Teacher Gaming’s MinecraftEdu line of teaching tools in January of this year. The game has now gone far beyond its roots as a simple building game, and through mods and additional development can also be used as a tool to instruct students…


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