Minecraft has everything in it, and now we are also going to get Minecraft AI players. Yes, in a project being held by Microsoft’s UK based research labs, they are going to allow people to send in their AI computers and test them starting July.
They are turning our favorite sandbox game into a testing ground for the future of artificial intelligence!
According to Microsoft there are more than one reasons for this. Firstly, the game gives a perfect place to test the capabilities of the AI projects, and secondly it is much cheaper to do it here than to actually build a prototype robot – of course.
Katja Hofmann, the project lead at Microsoft Research Cambridge Lab, UK, says that creating Minecraft AI players is the perfect bet for them to experiment because the sandbox game gives them the ideal world where they can put the artificially intelligent characters to task.
People build amazing structures that do amazing things in Minecraft, and this allows experimenters to put in tasks that will stretch AI technology beyond its current capacity. But eventually, we will be able to scale this up further to include tasks that allow AI agents to learn to collaborate with humans and support them in a creative manner.
This provides a way to take AI from where it is today up to human-level intelligence, which is where we want to be, in several decades time.
In order to be able to create Minecraft AI players, the users will have to make use of the AIX software that will allow the artificial intelligence code to take over a character. Since this software is free, the only cost people will be spending here is on the game itself.
Way to go Microsoft!