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Microsoft to Open Source Minecraft-Based Project AIX 48

Microsoft has found a new use of its insanely popular title Minecraft. The company on Monday announced Project AIX, a platform that will let computer scientists experiment with artificial intelligence in its cube-stacking game. For instance, Microsoft says, they can manipulate a character and learn from its actions. Microsoft says that Minecraft, a game it acquired in 2014, is more sophisticated than existing AI research simulations. "You can do survival mode, you can do build battles with your friends, you can do courses, you can implement our own games. This is really exciting for artificial intelligence because it allows us to create games that stretch beyond current abilities said Katja Hofmann, one of the researchers behind AIX. The company initially launched the project for its own testing, but says it will make it available as open source to all in July.
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Microsoft to Open Source Minecraft-Based Project AIX

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  • !AIX (Score:5, Insightful)

    by bradgoodman ( 964302 ) on Monday March 14, 2016 @12:44PM (#51694275) Homepage
    Could they have chosen a worse name?
    • by Anonymous Coward

      Could they have chosen a worse name?

      Yeah. Linux.


    • by Nutria ( 679911 )

      Those PC drones have probably never heard of the Advanced Interactive eXecutive.

    • And here I had my hopes up that it was a project to build a Mainframe within Minecraft. Now how are my blockheads gonna run nightly batches that fuck up the billing app?
    • I don't think so. AIX(r) is registered trade mark of IBM; I wonder how can Microsoft use that name.
      • They can't. They will be changing the name shortly, once IBM lawyers get involved.

        Here is the link for those that have never heard of AIX .. []

        • by Anonymous Coward

          AIX is a trademark filed by IBM for several categories relating to operating systems. This is not an operating system. Perhaps you should do a trademark search and see what other IT-related trademarks are filed for AIX, not by IBM, and not for operating systems. Or ask Microsoft's lawyers, I'm sure they understand these points, and are consulted before MS make any kind of announcement.

      • by dissy ( 172727 )

        I don't think so. AIX(r) is registered trade mark of IBM; I wonder how can Microsoft use that name.

        My guess is the developers of this AI project are either
        A) too young to know about AIX, or
        B) under the impression that because their project isn't an operating system, it doesn't violate IBMs trade mark on AIX in the sphere of "computer, operating system"

        But still I think you're completely right.

        I'd assume many of the developers that would be using this AI system in Minecraft WILL recognize AIX from elsewhere (very likely IBM) and thus it does cause confusion even if it wasn't a legal issue.

        Also possible is

    • Re:!AIX (Score:5, Funny)

      by castionsosa ( 4391635 ) on Monday March 14, 2016 @01:25PM (#51694591)

      SMIT happens, I guess...

    • I don't see a problem with the name.

      Yeah, 20 years ago IBM sold an operating system with that name. But it's a three letter name, and Microsoft's product isn't an operating system. You have to expect name collisions at 3 letters.

      Unless there was something else you didn't like about AIX?

      • IBM still actively maintains AIX today.
        • Yup, good on them, I'd be disappointed if they didn't.

          But you said maintains, not promotes. I would expect IBM to maintain Cobol and Fortran compilers too. I bet some people still run IRIX too, does that mean we can't use that name for a new product?

          Or how about iOS - they're even both operating systems - but realistically how many people are going to get confused between enterprise switches and a consumer mobile device?

  • Looks like Microsoft is struggling to find anything useful to do with that $2.5bn 'investment'
  • This is not your granddaddy's AIX. Oh, you could get bash for it, but the default was kornshell.

The party adjourned to a hot tub, yes. Fully clothed, I might add. -- IBM employee, testifying in California State Supreme Court