How do you teach robots, or artificial intelligence, to organically navigate the world around them?
That’s not how we teach our children to learn.
From smart homes that prepare coffee when we wake, to phones that know not to interrupt us during important conversations, our collective visions of HCI (Human Computer Interaction) imagine a future in which computers understand a broad range of human behaviors.
A.I. Reads Human Fiction
“Fictional human lives provide surprisingly accurate accounts of real human activities.
While we tend to think about stories in terms of the dramatic and unusual events that shape their plots, stories are also filled with prosaic information about how we navigate and react to our everyday surroundings.”
“Over many millions of words, these mundane patterns are far more common than their dramatic counterparts. Characters in modern fiction turn on the lights after entering rooms; they react to compliments by blushing; they do not answer their phones when they are in meetings.”
Does Reading Fiction Help A.I. Navigate The Real World?
Augur can predict many thousands of activities in modern contexts: for example, whether a user may be eating food, meeting with a friend, or taking a selfie.
He uses these predictions to identify actions that people commonly take on objects in the world and estimate a user’s future activities given their current situation.
One is packed with the text of classic novels, such as , Peter Pan, Little Women, A Christmas Carol. There are more than a hundred stories in all, taken from the free online library Project Gutenberg.