Microsoft to open-source AI development platform based on Minecraft

AIX uses the Minecraft gaming platform for testing new research Outside Building 99 in Microsoft’s Redmond, Washington, campus. Credit: Microsoft IDG News Service Mar 13, 2016 11:56 PM Microsoft has decided to open-source a platform used by its researchers to test artificial-intelligence projects. The AIX platform, which is already being used by Microsoft Research and is available under a private beta to select academic researchers, allows researchers to use the unstructured play in the Minecraft  game as a testing ground for their AI research. AIX will also be made available this summer under an open-source license. The announcement comes at a time when Google DeepMind is grabbing attention for the Go games being played by its AI program AlphaGo with a key Go player Lee Se-dol. AlphaGo won three straight…


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