Minecraft is often touted as the kind of computer game that also teaches kids necessary life skills, but now it’s helping AI learn, too. Researchers from the Cornell University computer science department have developed a modification for the virtual building-block game that uses a neural network learns to recognize and categorize different architectural styles by studying the player-created buildings in Minecraft. That know-how can then be used to help players fit the right buildings in the appropriate virtual environments, as well as offer suggestions on improving those buildings in stylistically-faithful ways. It’s all very virtual and in-game at the moment, but the mod is also a glimpse into what DIY architecture tools could look like in the future.
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