Scientists Want to Teach Robots Morality by Reading Them Bedtime Stories

When and if robots ever achieve a humanlike intelligence, they will potentially have processing power that far exceeds our own, an idea that has spawned countless robot apocalypse books, movies, TV shows, and conspiracy theories. With artificial intelligence making strides every day, researchers have become concerned with ensuring that AI has the ability to be moral, or at least, to follow Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics. Now, researchers have proposed a way to teach robots culturally accepted moral values–by reading them fables.This study, led by Mark Riedl, director of the Entertainment Intelligence Lab at the Georgia Institute of Technology, hinges on the theory of “value alignment,” which refers to the property of AI that dictates it can only pursue goals that will not be harmful to humans. Value alignment, Riedl and his team assert,…


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