Remember back when we talked about how Microsoft was using the Minecraft game engine to push the limits of artificial intelligence (A.I.)? Well the gang from Redmond is at it again - but this time they're turning to the public to help redefine the cutting edge of this field.

known now as Project Malmo, this open source take on the original Project AIX aims to offer startups, independent developers, and pretty much anyone else who wants in on the action a cheap, effective way to test out A.I. programs and algorithms in a "sandbox" environment.

Looking to learn a little more about how Microsoft and the Minecraft gaming engine are revolutionizing the field of A.I. research? Then be sure to head over ZDNet for the full scoop on this tech giant's bold new vision for A.I. development.

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