Microsoft using Minecraft to train artificial intelligence

From left, Microsoft Research’s David Bignell, Tim Hutton, Katja Hofmann and Matthew Johnson are working on the AIX project Comments (0) Minecraft has become a worldwide phenomenon in recent years, and its blocky universe be used to hone the next generation of artificial intelligence? Computer scientists at Microsoft Research think so, and have been using the game’s universe to train an AI ‘agent’ to learn how to do things, such as climb a mountain, using the same types of resources a human has when they learn a new task. Much to Stephen Hawking’s chagrin, AI has come on leaps and bounds in recent years, and computers can now understand speech and translate it, as well as being able recognise images and write captions about them. But computers still aren’t very good…


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