Friday, November 21, 2008

Will Human Level AI Require Compassionate Intelligence?

Cindy Mason, a research associate at Stanford, has written a paper titled, "Human Level AI Requires Compassionate Intelligence" for the 2008 AAAI workshop on Meta-Cognition. Cindy has been working on emotions and AI since 1998. In the paper she describes a core meta-architecture for an agent "to resolve the turf war between thoughts and feelings based on agent personality rather than logic." This research takes its inspiration from the 17th century philosopher David Hume who proposed that emotions are antecedent to reason, and also from Buddhist mind training practices known as "insight meditation" or Vipassana.

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