Alphabet's Google DeepMind is making its game platform available to the general public on GitHub. DeepMind is open sourcing the entire source code for its training environment, which was previously called Labyrinth and has now been renamed DeepMind Lab, so anyone can download the code and customize it to help train their own AI systems. In addition, Google researchers will create new game levels for DeepMind Lab and upload them to GitHub.
Putting the DeepMind Lab code on GitHub will enable other researchers to see if its developers' own breakthroughs can be replicated, enabling outside scientists to measure the performance of their own AI agents, says DeepMind co-founder Shane Legg.
The AI agent in the DeepMind Lab controls a hovering sphere through a "first person" point of view, enabling it to look and move in any direction. The decision to open source the DeepMind Lab follows a similar move by OpenAI. OpenAI also recently announced it will make public an interface called Universe, which lets an AI agent use a computer like a human does, by looking at screen pixels and operating a virtual keyboard and mouse. Universe serves as a go-between that enables an AI system to learn the skills needed to play games or operate other applications.
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