Minecraft to become Artificial Intelligence training ground

Microsoft has announced the open-world gaming phenomenon Minecraft is to be used as a testing ground for AI research. The software giant, which purchased Minecraft developer Mojang in 2014, will allow computer science researchers to hop into the game to test their own advancements. Researchers will be able to give AI control of a character within the game, with the aim of helping it learn within the environment. “Minecraft is the perfect platform for this kind of research because it’s this very open world,” said Microsoft’s Katja Hofmann, who developed the AIX platform. “You can do survival mode, you can do ‘build battles’ with your friends, you can do courses, you can implement our own games. This is really exciting for artificial intelligence because it allows us to create games…


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