Minecraft Is Helping To Build The Next Generation Of Artificial Intelligence

Microsoft Artificial intelligence is complex, but creating it is relatively simple. Plop it in a virtual environment, give it a goal, and let it fail and fail and fail until it figures out how to complete the task at hand. Easy enough when you’re teaching an AI to play Atari games or chess, but what about something more complex? Like, say, Minecraft? Microsoft is building a suite of tools that allow researchers to use Minecraft to train up their future Skynets. Minecraft has a few virtues as an AI trainer, not the least of which is that it creates a full world for the AI to interact with and a human body to “map” the AI to. That’s important if you’re hoping to train AIs to climb mountains, explore caves,…


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