Microsoft Using ‘Minecraft’ to Create Intelligent and Intuitive AI

Microsoft is attempting to create a more intelligent and intuitive type of artificial intelligence by training computers to play Minecraft efficiently on their own, it announced in an official blog post. “In the airy, loft-like Microsoft Research lab in New York City, five computer scientists are spending their days trying to get a Minecraft character to climb a hill,” the team writes. That may seem like a pretty simple job for some of the brightest minds in the field, until you consider this: “The team is trying to train an artificial intelligence agent to learn how to do things like climb to the highest point in the virtual world, using the same types of resources a human has when she learns a new task” states the post. “That means that the agent starts out knowing nothing at…


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