How Rude! DARPA Wants Robots To Behave More Like Threepio

Our friends at DARPA once again feel that the world would be a better place if science fiction reigned.

To address that challenge, DARPA-funded researchers recently completed a project that aimed to provide a theoretical and formal framework for what norms and normative networks are; study experimentally how norms are represented and activated in the human mind; and examine how norms can be learned and might emerge from novel interactive algorithms. The team was able to create a cognitive-computational model of human norms in a representation that can be coded into machines, and developed a machine-learning algorithm that allows machines to learn norms in unfamiliar situations drawing on human data.

“The goal of this research effort was to understand and formalize human normative systems and how they guide human behavior, so that we can set guidelines for how to design next-generation AI machines that are able to help and interact effectively with humans,” said Reza Ghanadan, DARPA program manager.

In other words, wouldn't human-robot interaction be greatly improved if the robots would just be more polite - like C3PO of Star Wars?


(C3PO tells it like it is)

Via NextBigFuture.

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