Northwestern Researchers Could Help Robots Reason Through Moral Dilemmas Like Humans

How did you learn what was right and wrong? Chances are your parents told you bedtime stories with good guys and bad guys. In school you learned to identify the morals of stories. Through spending time with friends, family, and exploring the world, you built up a library of experiences that define what you’ve come to believe is right and wrong. You learned to look back on those experiences to provide examples and guidance when you faced another tough decision. Ken Forbus (Credit: Northwestern) Northwestern researchers believe robots can learn morals the same way. Ken Forbus, an artificial intelligence expert at Northwestern’s McCormick School of Engineering, is developing a program that could teach robots make moral decisions through analogy. The new model, called a structure mapping engine (SME), is capable of…


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