Microsoft has revealed that it is using Minecraft for Artificial Intelligence research with Project AIX and the company is using Minecraft to let AI learn how to climb a hill.
Project AIX is being run out of Microsoft’s research lab in New York and five computer scientists are trying to get a Minecraft character to climb a hill using AI.
“We’re trying to program it to learn, as opposed to programming it to accomplish specific tasks,” said Fernando Diaz, a senior researcher in the New York lab and one of the people working on the project.
The research project is possible thanks to AIX, a platform developed by Katja Hofmann and her colleagues in Microsoft’s Cambridge, UK, lab and unveiled publicly on Monday. AIX allows computer scientists to use the world of Minecraft as a testing ground for conducting research designed to improve artificial intelligence.
Microsoft has said that Minecraft is the ideal platform for AI research, as the platform has endless possibilities which can be used to teach AI certain tasks.
You can find out more details about Microsoft’s Project AIX and what they are doign with Minecraft over at their website at the link below.