Minecraft Becomes Artificial Intelligence Testbed

Microsoft is to let researchers use Minecraft to test artificial intelligence technologies. It believes using the game offers a useful mix of realism and affordability. The open source program will initially involve researchers operating their software only on their own machines and in what’s effectively a walled garden within Minecraft. In the long run Microsoft aims to have the experiments interact directly with the wider Minecraft world. Microsoft’s reasoning for using Minecraft is that creating a virtual world for a specific artificial intelligence test is not only expensive and time-consuming, but often serves only one specific purpose and can’t easily be adapted for other tests. It argues that Minecraft already lends itself to multiple virtual activities as well as interactions and cooperations between different characters, which could even represent different AI…


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