MineRL is a competition created this year with a very straightforward challenge: teams must create artificial intelligence that can find diamonds in the popular Minecraft. A task that requires some preparation and knowledge of the game.
The quickest way to find diamonds is to find some existing cave and explore it. Diamonds are most abundant in the twelfth layer of earth in the game. There are several methods for digging and exploring but unfortunately none of the 660 artificial intelligences could find diamonds.
For a normal player, finding diamonds first requires building the tools necessary to dig underground. To do this, you must first cut down trees, create wooden tools, find stone to create more effective picks or axes, and venture into the underworld.
The challenge seems to have been the resources available to teach artificial intelligence. MineRL teams had about 1,000 game hours, a basic Nvidia graphics and a 4-day period to train bots to find diamonds effectively.
Artificial intelligence dominated in chess and Dota 2
In previous competitions of the genre, artificial intelligence has been put to play chess or the popular MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) Dota 2. On several occasions, artificial intelligence has easily been able to defeat human players, or even entire teams.
Be that as it may, the difficulties encountered by bots reflect the advance that artificial intelligences have yet to complete. Artificial intelligences found success in the past when their goals were as clear as winning a chess game or learning to defeat a team in combat.
However, the challenge of finding diamonds in Minecraft proved too abstract for bots. Who knows, with the advancement of technology we will not have artificial intelligence pretending to be YouTubers from Minecraft.
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