The Verge reports: “Last year, DeepMind said it was going to work with Starcraft creator Blizzard to turn the space-based strategy game into a proper research environment for AI engineers, and today, that software is being released to the public. But why is Starcraft such a good way to train artificial intelligence? It’s not because we want computers to learn military tactics, but because we need to teach them certain abstract skills, and video games happen to be a good way of doing so.”

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