Minecraft to play vital role in the future of artificial intelligence

Microsoft will let researchers use Minecraft as a testing ground for artificial intelligence in the hopes that the video game’s virtual open-world will help teach AI programmes to better think for themselves. The idea, developed by Microsoft’s Cambridge lab, is attempting to “program AI to learn, as opposed to programming it to accomplish specific tasks”. The open-world nature of Minecraft is the perfect platform to let AI programmes loose on, and let them learn to cope with complex choices and determine for themselves what information is important and what is not. “This is really exciting for artificial intelligence because it allows us to create games that stretch beyond current abilities,” said Katja Hofmann, a researcher at the lab’s machine learning and perception group. A specially-coded version of the game that…


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