Jul 11, 2016 07:57 AM EDT

Minecraft, Artificial Intelligence: Possible With Microsoft’s Project Malmo Tool

By Jane Reed

Artificial intelligence is slowly seeping in through current techs. Recently, Microsoft has published the source code for its Project Malmo.

Project Malmo is a tool that will allow anyone to make artificial intelligence experiments when it comes to Minecraft games based on the programming skills provided. According to Neuro Gadget, the project was previously announced back in March but it was named as AIX. Now, with a new name, the company released it for the public in order for people to test it out.

A couple of years ago, Microsoft has purchased Minecraft for $2.5 billion. The company saw that it was a good idea to test artificial intelligence through the use of the game.

Those playing the game and utilizing the AI will be able to speed up their simulation. The Minecraft server is controlling the passage of time. And since it is a game, everything is just pure simulation which means there are no casualties involved if something does not go the way it should.

Minecraft's server will aslo be able to monitor every detail which means you can replay and analyze what happened with the code.

With this kind of technology, programmers can utilize Project Malmo to bring new artificial intelligence elements to the virtual world. At the same time, researchers can build their own AIs which can hold conversations, make decisions and complete complex tasks.

AIs are already becoming quite good at conversing and writing human language. Katha Hofmann, a Project Malmo developer, said putting AIs in a game like Minecraft means they can associate with words and actions.

At the same time, Project Malmo and any other Artificial Intelligence tool, can be useful for any tech oriented device and programming.

What other environment can you use Project Malmo for aside from Minecraft? Have you tried using the source code in a different virtual reality game?

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