AI learns to predict human reactions by reading our fiction

“Over many millions of words, these mundane patterns [of people’s reactions] are far more common than their dramatic counterparts,” the team wrote in their study. “Characters in modern fiction turn on the lights after entering rooms; they react to compliments by blushing; they do not answer their phones when they are in meetings.” In its initial field tests, using an Augur-powered wearable camera, the system correctly identified objects and people 91 percent of the time. It correctly predicted their next move 71 percent of the time. This isn’t the first time developers have turned to books to teach computers, mind you. Facebook just this week handed its AI a 1.96 gb stack of children’s books in hopes of teaching it a similar lesson.


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