Reading Robots May Learn Society’s Ways

It’s a mythic American story. A six-year-old George Washington, freshly bestowed with a new hatchet, damages his father’s cherry tree. Angry, Washington’s father confronts the young boy. Rather than lie, Washington says, “I cannot tell a lie…I did cut it with my hatchet.” Though the story is thought to be a fabrication, it still teaches the value of honesty. Researchers from Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Interactive Computing are looking to fairytales and allegorical stories as ways to impart ethics and morals to artificial intelligence. “Many cultures produce a wealth of data about themselves in the form of written stories and, more recently, television and movies. Stories can be written to inform, educate, or to entertain,” wrote researchers Mark O. Riedl and Brent Harrison in a paper on the…


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