Facebook has teamed up with researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to develop an artificial intelligence (AI) assistant for the world’s most popular video game, Minecraft. This isn’t an AI that will help you automatically build worlds, but rather one capable of multitasking and helping users with everyday tasks outside a gaming environment. Read more for a video and additional information.
Minecraft was chosen by the researchers because it’s currently the most popular game in the world with more than 90-million people playing it every month and it has “infinite variety” yet simple predictable rules. Plus, there’s a big opportunity for the AI assistant to learn inside ‘Minecraft’ and help human players to acquire more knowledge outside the game.
“The opportunities for an AI to learn are huge, Facebook is setting itself the task of designing the AI to self-improve, the researchers think the ‘Minecraft’ environment is a perfect one to develop this kind of learning,” said the report.