Based on the rise in artificial intelligence coded into robots, people are ever afraid if robots will not turn against them in the nearest future, prompting some people to call for the halt on robotic research while others think artificial intelligence must not be coded into robots to make them safer.
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While several researchers think artificial intelligence is quite needful for robots, they also think they can be reined in or programmed to think and act like humans by being exposed to stories. This view was recently explored by Mark Riedl and Brent Harrison of the School of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology who think that the answer lies in Quixote.
Quixote will be presented at the AAA-16 Conference in Phoenix, Arizona between February 12-17, and it teaches value alignment to robots by training them to read stories, learn acceptable sequences of events, and understand successful ways to behave in human societies.
Riedl, associate professor and director of the Entertainment Intelligence Lab explained that “The collected stories of different cultures teach children how to behave in socially acceptable ways with examples of proper and improper behavior in fables, novels and other literature. We believe story comprehension in robots can eliminate psychotic-appearing behavior and reinforce choices that won’t harm humans and still achieve the intended purpose.”
With Quixote, scientists aligns human values with the goals of artificial intelligence to teach robots acceptable behavior by placing rewards on what is socially appropriate behavior. Riedl is integrating Quixote with Scheherazade system which he had earlier made to utilize artificial intelligence in analyzing correct sequence of events by extracting story plots from the internet.
The researchers however state that using Quixote technique of teaching robots to read and think properly for behavioral sequences require that the robots in question have a limited function that relies on humans to achieve.
“We believe that AI has to be enculturated to adopt the values of a particular society, and in doing so, it will strive to avoid unacceptable behavior,” Riedl explained. “Giving robots the ability to read and understand our stories may be the most expedient means in the absence of a human user manual.”