AI can learn real-world skills from playing StarCraft and Minecraft

Julian Togelius is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at NYU Tandon. 

New video games are becoming AI test-beds all the time. AI and games researcher Julian Togelius of New York University and colleagues hope to test collaborating AIs in Overcooked — a team cooking game that takes place in a tight, crowded kitchen where players are constantly getting in each other’s way. “Games are designed to challenge the human mind,” Togelius says. Any video game by nature is a ready-made test for how much AI know-how can emulate human cleverness. 

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