Originally published in France in 2016, Living with Robots combines the authors' expertise in philosophy--in particular, Paul Du mouchel's scholarship on the role of emo tion in shaping social life and Luisa Damiano's work on human and artificial cognition--to offer insight into problems raised by advances in robotics and artificial intelli gence that will be faced by future societies. Throughout the book, the authors provide a conceptual framework for thinking about possible scenarios of human-robot interac tions, most extensively with regard to our relationships with social robots.
AI has been making great strides in the past few years, beating humans at our own game, as well as augmenting and even replacing human controlled systems. However, some are still not impressed with these developments and feel more should be done. Such is the view of Professor Alexi Samsonovich, who announced that Russia "is on the verge" of a major AI milestone--robots that can feel human emotion! The announcement was made during the 2016 Annual International Conference on Biologically Inspired Cognitive Architectures (BICA) in New York City. Specifically, Samsonovich pointed to free thinking machines capable of feeling and understanding human emotions, understanding narratives and thinking in those narratives, as well as being capable to actively learn on their own.
"The very next step is to integrate the chip into the robots to help them sense the world," Rosenthal told Sputnik. According to the expert, robots are able to learn any information you give them, but they can't sense the actual meaning of the words. The machines "learn whatever you feed" them and save the information being unable to appraise it. According to Rosenthal, the invention makes perfect sense as one day autonomous machines would see humans as their main competitors and try to take control. But teaching robots to empathize and feel positive emotions can help us all avoid that dystopian scenario and reduce potential threats of the artificial intelligence.
"Are you ready to read?" the little robot asks the boy. The robot's name is Minnie, and it's designed to turn reading alone at home into a group activity. Researchers from the University of Wisconsin at Madison just published a small study suggesting that having Minnie around helped kids get into reading--and get more out of it. By the end of the two-week long experiment, some of the participants--10 boys and 14 girls aged 10-14--felt Minnie was expressing emotions, and thoughts about the books they read. The paper mentions that one child said they could "talk to her about the book" and another that "it made me want to read more because it made you feel like you had to make it happy."