Minecraft is Being Used to Test Artificial Intelligence

Microsoft, the owner of the runaway hit video game Minecraft, has announced that it will be using Minecraft as a space to build, develop, and test new artificial intelligence programs. The new platform, named AIX, will be made available to scientist and amateurs alike and has been described by the team who designed it as an ideal “digital playpen” for AI systems. If you’re like the rest of the world though you may be wondering, why Minecraft? Katja Hofmann, a researcher at Microsoft’s Cambridge, UK, lab on the team who developed the program explains, “Minecraft is the perfect platform for this kind of research because it’s this very open world . . . You can do survival mode, you can do ‘build battles’ with your friends, you can do courses,…


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