New Algorithm Teaches Robots How to Behave in Social Situations


To counter the fear that artificial intelligence (AI) could someday become a threat to humanity, a team of scientists last monthrevealed a new algorithm that will teach robots how to behave appropriately in social situations. The key to this is by allowing them to read and understand children’s stories.

Now, another group of experts has taken a wider route. Instead of limiting it to children’s stories, developers used fiction from Toronto-based Wattpad to help their knowledge-based program called Augur understand the world.

Computer science researchers from Stanford University had given Augur access to the Wattpad corpus, which contained about 2 billion words or 600,000 chapters. Augur is also designed to be an open-source tool that other scientists can build on.

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