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.
Samsonovich made the comments while attending the 2016 Annual International Conference on Biologically Inspired Cognitive Architectures (BICA) in New York City, which takes place from July 16-19. The conference was sponsored by MEPhl and attracted more than 200 participants. "We are on the verge of a major breakthrough that was discussed since the fifties of the previous century," Samsonovich said on Tuesday. The breakthrough, according to Samsonovich, is the creation of 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. "Those are the three key capabilities in my view that will determine the breakthrough," Samsonovich said, adding that progress is expected to be made in "several years."
At an artificial intelligence conference in New York City last week, Professor Alexi Samsonovich from the Moscow-based National Research Nuclear University (MEPhl) Cybernetics Department told Sputnik News, "We are on the verge of a major breakthrough" in AI. In the past six months, we've seen AI master the board game Go, write a short film script, and infiltrate Snapchat filters. Each of these achievements is impressive in its own right. Together, they show just how quickly AI is advancing. But what was this breakthrough Samsonovich hinted at in NYC? Digital Trends reached out to him to find out.
Emotional intelligence is the key for acceptance of intelligent agents by humans as equal partners, e.g., in ad hoc teams. At the same time, its existing implementations in intelligent agents are mostly limited to basic affects. Currently, there is no consensus in the understanding of complex and social emotions at the level of functional and computational models. The approach of this work is based on the mental state formalism, originally developed as a part of the cognitive architecture GMU BICA and recently extended to include affective building blocks (A.V. Samsonovich, AAAI Technical Report WS-12-06: 109-116, 2012). In the present work, complex social emotions like humor, jealousy, compassion, shame, pride, etc. are identified as emergent patterns of appraisals represented by schemas, that capture the cognitive nature of these emotions and enable their modeling. A general model of complex emotions and emotional relationships is constructed that can be validated by simulations of emotionally biased interactions and emergent relationships in small groups of agents. The framework will be useful in cognitive architectures for designing human-like-intelligent social agents possessing a sense of humor and other human-like emotionally intelligent capabilities.
Scientists are closer to creating a computer with emotions. Researchers in Russia are expected to reveal an emotional computer within a year and a half, which will be able to think like a person and build up trust, its creators say. The system, called'Virtual Actor', is being created by the National Research Nuclear University in Moscow. Computers are machines used for practical reasons, without any emotion involved. The AI, called'Virtual Actor', is expected to be online within the next year and a half.