emotions

No empathy for robots? What about from robots?

  • Posted on: 13 October 2017
  • By: C.J.

I just read the following statement at https://medium.com/@rowantrollope/ai-and-our-kids-raising-centaurs-c91cc...

"We must continue to teach kids to appreciate beauty, and show them the value of empathy. These are things machines will only ever be able to simulate, never experience."

The first part of the statement is uncontroversial. In fact, it sounds like the basis for my own attempt at parenting.

Why study emotions objectively?

  • Posted on: 23 May 2017
  • By: C.J.

What are emotions? Well, according to a book I just read, Crucial Conversations, they are the result of the stories we tell ourselves.

Those stories being subjective, the emotions, too, are subjective--and subject to change. But don't try to tell someone who felt bitter disappointment that it wasn't real, just because the story upon which the feeling was based wasn't.

Wasn't real, that, is.

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Learning without understanding

  • Posted on: 22 May 2017
  • By: C.J.

I just saw an article for this: https://www.affectiva.com over at Slashdot (https://developers.slashdot.org/story/17/05/21/2137208/how-ai-can-infer-...).

Of course, using a massive database with humans providing the context, machines can learn, but can not understand.

Thus, they can't explain their decisions, or help emotional cognition, just recognition.