Scientists attempt to teach robots human values

ITHACA, N.Y., Sept. 8 (UPI) — A pair of artificial intelligence experts from Cornell University have joined a nationwide effort to ensure the nightmare science fiction scenarios — the ones involving corrupted human-killing computers — don’t become a reality. The effort is organized by the Center for Human-Compatible Artificial Intelligence, based at the University of California, Berkeley. To keep computers behaving properly as they take on more and more responsibility and autonomy, researchers are working to instill their software with human values. Researchers want the algorithms that govern the AI decision-making process to include an understanding of human ethics. “We are in a period in history when we start using these machines to make judgments,” researcher Bart Selman, a professor of computer science at Cornell, explained in a news release.…

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