AI Programs Can Learn A Lot From Virtual World Of 3D Video Games

Posted: Dec 15 2016, 9:43am CST | by , in News | Latest Science News

 

AI Programs can Learn a lot From Virtual World of 3D Video Games
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  • Tech giants create virtual world to AI programs
 

José Hernández-Orallo was though familiar with 3D games but now he used it in his research with AL programs.

Microsoft bought Minecraft in 2014, and allowed programmers, and  developers to explore the 3D world. Microsoft then invited external research group to try the game through its new version. The main aim of Microsoft was to grow in AI, artificial intelligence.

After this, several other companies went after the program, including Google. A unit named DeepMind started 3D virtual world at Google headquarter in London. In the beginning,Google trained its AI program through 3D world.

After two days a research company in San Francisco named OpenAI created meta-platform that allows AI programs to deal with 3D games which are designed for humans, with smartphone apps, and web browsers.

These three releases played a great role in AI as declared by Pedro Domingos, a machine-learning researcher at the University of Washington in Seattle.

During last few years, Microsoft focused on ways for machine to learn through personal experience. Like in 2015, DeepMind created algorithm that learned to play Atari arcade games better than humans can play.

Atari is an old and well known game in the computer world.  The learning process involved trial and error that’s better than humans,though these games are 2D. 

Minecraft on other hand is 3D based that allows users to use virtual bricks for structure building. Now every developer can use the version Malmo that enable algorithm to repeat same process.

The AI program works in collaboration with humans, as described by computer scientist Katja Hofmann of Micro. He also said that AI works like a physical robot, but virtual world is cheaper and you can customize it and it’s safe. Physical robot is not that safe and difficult to handle.

According to Nature, DeepMind also enabled researchers to create mazes, opening a new environment for the programmers and developers. 

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