Robots Read Books to Learn Right and Wrong

Artificial intelligence researchers have turned to literature in an attempt to instill human ethics into machines. Mark Riedl and Brent Harrison from the School of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology fed stories into an AI algorithm in order to teach it acceptable sequences of events and help it understand how to behave in a more human way. The research, set to be unveiled at the AAAI-16 conference in Phoenix, Arizona this week, follows warnings from several high-profile academics and entrepreneurs that AI could pose an existential risk to mankind. According to Tesla CEO Elon Musk, advanced AI could be “more dangerous than nukes,” while last year physicist Stephen Hawking suggested it could lead to the end of humanity. Try Newsweek: Subscription offers via GIPHY In order to address…


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