In conjunction with the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence's Hall of Champions exhibit, the Innovative Applications of Artificial Intelligence held a panel discussion entitled "AI Game-Playing Techniques: Are They Useful for Anything Other Than Games?" This article summarizes the panelists' comments about whether ideas and techniques from AI game playing are useful elsewhere and what kinds of game might be suitable as "challenge problems" for future research.
This time around, however, the game of choice is Minecraft. In Minecraft's'Creative' mode, players have been able to recreate complex structures like Star Trek's Enterprise D with just a few simple building blocks. It's that potential for almost infinite creativity with a small set of easy-to-understand tools, in conjunction with the difficulty of teaching an AI to understand natural language, that has Facebook spending countless hours on a private Minecraft server. The hope is to eventually create an AI assistant that can help people with their day-to-day tasks, which is something Facebook has been trying to do for a couple of years now. In 2015, Facebook launched M, an AI-powered personal assistant within the company's Messenger app, only to shut down the platform after two-and-a-half years.
Artificial Intelligence is all the rage in today's'technologic' world where researchers are trying to find more applications for human benefit. Of course, AI is faster and has better problem solving capabilities compared to human beings but it lacks multitasking skills. SEE ALSO: Meet Astro, Boston Dynamics' Dog-Inspired Quadruped Robot Researchers at Facebook are using an interesting method to develop AI that will be good at multitasking and not just a single task. As reported by MIT Technology Review, people at Facebook Research are using Minecraft to train AI that can interact with humans and perform a plethora of tasks as requested. Minecraft is an open world sandbox video game where a seemingly infinite world with different biomes and mobs within which players can build, craft and survive with various online game modes designed by players and create beautiful'blocky' structures from statues to cities. SEE ALSO: Researchers Released DIY Instructions To Make A Wormhole!
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. 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.