Friday, April 15, 2011

Scientists Plan To Program Computers With Regret; Google Funds Research

Seems pretty accurate, am I right?
Every human being is programmed with an emotion called regret and the ability of hindsight, which is directly related to regret.

By definition, regret is a feeling of sadness, repentance, or disappointment over something that has happened or been done.
And, hindsight is the ability to understand, after something has happened, what should have been done or what caused the event.

You came upon a bear while hiking in the forest, instead of walking away from the bear you pull out a leash and try to harness the beast. The bear then tears your face off before chewing your limbs to pieces. Somehow you make it out alive, but while you're sitting in the hospital bed you think of how stupid you were and what you could have done to prevent the unfavorable outcome.

That is, you regret the decision to flank the bear and use hindsight to reflect on what should have been done.

These two emotions are very powerful and allow us to learn from our mistakes, meaning we have a better understanding of what could happen should a similar occurrence present itself in the future. In a way, we can predict what the outcome will be by using past experience and regret.


Well how about this?

Google is putting in the funding for a team of researchers and scientists at
Tel Aviv University who believe they can program computers to regret and use hindsight.

Wait, what?

Yeah, you read that right. These researchers plan to program regret and hindsight right into your computer. Now of course they won't be able to feel the emotion, but they can use such a tool in a way very similar to human use.

This means that computers will be able to learn from mistakes and prevent them in the future. By teaching a computer to learn regret, the computer can then learn to predict and evaluate all possible outcomes before they actually execute something. Once a mistake occurs on the computers watch, the computer will then denote that mistake as regret, use hindsight to review a more favorable outcome, then make sure it doesn't happen the next time around.

Can you say "Hello, real life terminator"?

I, for one, think that this is an incredible idea! However, I can't suppress that looming image of Skynet in the back of my mind.

1. What do you think of all this? Good idea, bad idea?
2. Do you think artificial intelligence will ever become smart enough to take over the world?
3. Do you like the Terminator movies?
4. Pancakes or Waffles?


Leestander said...

1, good idea, we will be more fat and make the computers do all short of things to us ;)
2. Hmm.. yeah but why should "take over the world" do you mean they kill all humans och just do all the stuffs we did before?
3. Nah not now, but for some years ago i loved them
4. waffles ofc! crispy ones

mac-and-me said...

1. good idea
2. yes
3. yes
4. waffles

Insider33 said...

1. Skynet will feel bad while they kill us
2. I think that's closer to a Scifi fantasy than reality
3. First two, of course. Not so much love for Terminator 3 and the new one.
4. Can't I have both?

The Game Store Guy said...

With each new update to robotics and A.I., the more I become increasingly terrified of the future.

Jesper said...

1. Good idea
2. No, hope not..
3. I love Arnold!
4. Waffles! :D

Wintermute said...

1. bad, why bother there are so many other better things we could be putting money into.
2. at this rate sure, depends on your definition of take over. I do think machines will one day hold all of the jobs. I dont think they will enslave mankind.
3. yea a little

vidoblogo said...

1. Bad idea
2. Yes, but the apes will destroy the world before
3. no
4. Pancakes

Claude said...

1. I think this is a good idea, google has enough money to experiment with things like this.
2. Not in humanities lifetime. Actually, maybe creating the AI to create an AI to create an AI?
3. Haven't seen them for ages.
4. Waffles, but I love them both.

Stare Dad said...

1 - doesnt matter, it will always be programming. they will never feel.
2 - no, unless someone programs them to do that.
3 - love them!
4 - both

CandleintheDark said...


BTN Hip Hop said...

1. hmmm maybe
2. nope, never
3. sometimes
4. waffles

ds said...

1. I guess it's good idea, although it sounds a bit scifi.
2. Nope
3. Of course.
4. Pancakes

duffboi said...

1. This is an awesome idea!
2. Probably, i see the potential being there.
3. yep
4. waffles

Danny Murphy said...

1. I'm not all the keen on giving robots emotions.

2. I reckon they'll get smart enough to do it whether they will take over the world I doubt, I think we'll have enough safe guards to make sure it never happens.

3. 1 and 2 are great any pass that is pure shite.

4. Waffles

Banacek said...

As long as they don't eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil everything should be ok.

Toto said...

thanks for sharing!

ed said...

1. terrible idea
2. not by itself
3. meh

Anonymous said...

Oh snap, these computers are getting smarter?! I love the terminator movies! (T2 for the win)

I like waffles.

Grafted said...

2.Oh yes
3.Just the first 2.

Anonymous said...

1. I think it's a good thing. Having computers that well regret could be beneficial for all of us.
2. Definitely, just as long as the cake is real.
3. Meh, the first 2 were good, then it went downhill.
4. Depends on my mood.

Tibble said...

1. Good thing if they decide to kill us all
2. yes
3. yes
4. waffles

POP! said...

Sounds like a good idea to me, and waffles

Joe said...

Wow no...ive regret enough..i dont need a computer with regret too.

Michael said...

1. What do you think of all this? Good idea, bad idea? - BAD
2. Do you think artificial intelligence will ever become smart enough to take over the world? - I hope not
3. Do you like the Terminator movies? - No
4. Pancakes or Waffles? - Both

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