Microsoft’s Minecraft to be used as artificial intelligence testing ground

David Bignell, Tim Hutton, Katja Hofmann and Matthew Johnson are part of the Minecraft artificial intelligence project. (Photo by Scott Eklund/Red Box Pictures, for Microsoft) Minecraft will be the backbone for a new platform designed to help test and improve artificial intelligence applications, Microsoft announced on Monday.The new platform, called AIX, will be made available to researchers who are trying to help AI think with the same sophistication and complexity as humans, Microsoft explained in a post. In one example, a research team is using Minecraft to train an AI “agent” how to climb to the highest point in the virtual world, using the same types of resources as a human would when doing the same thing. Minecraft is an attractive environment for AI testing and can become a research “playpen” because it presents…


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