Quixote: the first manual on ‘use of humans’ for robots

Quixote: the first manual on 'use of humans' for robots

Marc Steinberg , a US Navy research program administrator, is overseeing research at the Georgia Institute of Technology to create an artificial intelligence software program called Don Quixote , to teach robots to function in human society.

The rapid rate of growth of artificial intelligence has raised fears that robots could act unethically or harm humans. Quixote serves as a ‘manual for the use of humans’ that teaches robots through mere stories.

The team included the data in the Quijote software to create a virtual agent, in this case a video game character placed in various settings as reflected in the stories. As the virtual agent completed a game, he gained a point and positive reinforcement to emulate the action of the protagonists of the stories. The method consists of aligning the objectives of the robots "Quixote" with appropriate behaviors in social circles. According to Steinberg :

For years, researchers have debated how to teach robots to act in ways that are appropriate, non-intrusive, and trustworthy. An important question is how to explain complex concepts such as politics, values ​​or ethics to robots. Human beings are very good at using narrative stories that make sense of the world and spread it among people. This could one day be done in a way to interact with robots.

Marcos Ridel , one of the members of the project, says that the most practical way to teach robots is through the guidance of children’s stories.

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