Recent work by PhD candidate David Abel, Professor Stefanie Tellex, and other members of the Tellex lab has attracted recent attention from such media outlets as MIT Technology Review, Smithsonian SmartNews, Big Think, and Business Insider. Their algorithm (originally described here on CS News) uses the video game Minecraft to help robots better plan their actions in complex environments, resulting in some notable improvements. "Clever bot!" says Big Think's Natalie Shoemaker.
The original MIT Technology Review article is available here.
The original Smithsonian SmartNews article is available here.
The original Big Think article is available here.
The original Business Insider article is available here.