AI learns to play Minecraft by watching YouTube videos

The latest from OpenAI artificial intelligence project apparently learned to play video game Minecraft. It is according to a post on the official company blogwhich details how a neural network was trained to accomplish the feat.

OpenAI is an organization dedicated to researching artificial intelligence, and was founded by Elon Musk in 2015. Apparently the researchers used a technique called “video pretraining” (VPT) which involved collecting sample data from videos of real human gameplay such as button presses and mouse presses. movements, and created an algorithm annotating these actions.

The researchers then trained an “inverse dynamics model” (IDM) to predict the sequence of actions taken in the gameplay videos. Finally, the trained IDM viewed 70,000 hours of online video.

The model was able to copy actions from the videos. He was able to collect logs, turn logs into planks, and then turn planks into a crafting table. The model could also swim, hunt animals and eat food. In fact, he could even perform the rather complex feat of “pillar jumping” – repeatedly jumping and placing blocks under the player.

The AI ​​even managed to craft a Diamond Pickaxe, a complicated skill that takes a human player around 20 minutes to complete.

So what do you think of the artificial intelligence that can play Minecraft? Do you find it fascinating, disconcerting, or both? Let us know in the comments.

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