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

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

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

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

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

Marcos Ridel, one of the members of the project, says that the most practical way to teach robots is by guiding children's stories.