This development represents an important step forward in AI research, away from mastering tasks like voice,image recognition, and translation, and towards a more nuanced and collaborative AI that adopts a human-like method for decision-making.

Cool competition.  However, if I was capable at creating such AI, I wouldn't do it for $20,000.  I'd sell this AI to the highest bidder!

http://www.techrepublic.com/article/microsoft-competition-asks-phd-students-to-create-advanced-ai-to-play-minecraft/?ftag=TRE684d531&bhid=27457961240876229835964102892079
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by:Michael Arciniega
Games seem like a good testing ground for AI research because Google's team is going to use Starcraft for their platform.
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by:Kyle Santos
Daang.  That's cool!  I played tons of StarCraft.  The AI in that game was pretty good but easily defeatable 1v1 AI, but 1 v2AI became difficult, especially if the maps were huge because the AI often knew to spread around the map to keep gathering resources for their main base.
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by:ModeIT
StarCraft was an awesome game.. I wonder if the original battle net is functional yet
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by:Kyle Santos
2 years ago it (SC1 Battle.net) was still teeming with activity (probably due to the release of SC2).  Every now and then a few friends and I are nostalgic enough to play again haha
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by:ModeIT
for the original? I find that almost hard to believe now.. I used to have a crap load of the maps. I wonder if I saved them along with the game CD. I should rip the CD on for a virtual drive so I can play without it and try to boot an old PC for the game maps..


never did play SC2 :/ it was laggy on my laptop of the time, though my current one should be fine, I wonder what I'd have to pay for a copy now a days
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by:Kyle Santos
Nice.  Yeah, BN is still very much alive.  http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/
I played the full campaigns of SC2.  It was satisfying to finally get the ending of the story.  I thought it was worth it.

You should still have the maps if you haven't wiped your OS or saved the map files on a USB thumb drive haha

CD on for a virtual drive
This.  SO MUCH.
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