Reading stories can make robots more sympathetic to humanity, and less likely to kill us

Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking, and Bill Gates have all warned that rapidly advancing artificial intelligence can have severe consequences for the human race. Their concerns bring credibility to decades-old fears, perpetuated by science-fiction books and films like Terminator and I, Robot, that human creations will wipe out the world as we know it, if we lose control of them. But researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology believe there’s a way to make proliferating artificial intelligence more sympathetic to humanity, and therefore, less likely to kill us. A recent paper by researchers Mark Riedl and Brent Harrison shows that fables and folktales can teach artificially-intelligent beings about human conventions of right and wrong, much like they teach basic morals to young children. In the US, for example, the tale of…


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