Minecraft isn't just for gamers. Now, the video game has a scientific connection.
Microsoft has made Project Malmo available for programmers on GitHub via an open-source license. This platform uses the world of Minecraft to test advancements in artificial intelligence research. Before this move, the system was only used in private viewing by computer scientists.
"We're trying to put out the tools that will allow people to make progress on those really, really hard research questions," Katja Hofmann said, the leader of Project Malmo and a researcher in Microsoft's research lab in Cambridge, UK. She said that the system will help researchers in developing new techniques and approaches to reinforcement learning.
The launching of Project Malmo to the public allows computer scientists to create robots that can learn to talk to people. This is one of the goals of AI research, for bots to comprehend each other just like how we humans do. Novice to expert programmers are welcome to experience the system.