Advancements in artificial intelligence (AI) have benefited the world of healthcare, law enforcement, retail and of course production. The areas that have mostly raised fear among users or observers is when AI starts messing around with minds. ZD Net brought this interesting topic to us in their article, “Defense researchers developing software agents that can read people’s thoughts.”

So when researchers funded by Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) started working with machine social intelligence, some folks got nervous.

Led by a team of Carnegie Mellon University researchers, they are working to build artificially intelligent agents with the ability to interpret a person’s thoughts from their actions.

Social intelligence is a huge area of research in a variety of engineering fields. The defense industrial complex has different priorities when it comes to observing what’s happening inside the heads of humans. The stated purpose is to use machine social intelligence to help foster a working environment in which human-and-machine teams cooperate together safely, efficiently and productively.

Melody K. Smith

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