In pursuit of empathetic machines

Empathy — the ability to put yourself in someone else’s shoes — is key to human behavior, collaboration and collective knowledge, as well as the fabric that helped define and shape human evolution.


Keeping aside the figurative incongruity (empathy and machines), humans have made great progress in building functional pieces of the human brain — from machines that can handle computation, memory storage and retrieval to probabilistic reasoning, pattern recognition, natural language processing, classification, learning, etc.


We now have tools that can mimic parts of human intelligence sans emotions and empathy. Suddenly there is renewed passion for and vigor in AI, and excited scientists are predicting we may be at the beginning of singularity — which could potentially lead to a human-create dCambrian explosion.


Sri Nagabhirava