Google has been known to pump money into all kinds of high-tech research projects at computer science departments all over the world. In this case, a group of researchers at Tel Aviv University in Israel are working on technology that will teach computers to feel “regret” for their decisions. The goal is to allow computers to learn from their mistakes when they’re presented with the same or similar decisions in the future.
The aim of the project is to enable artificial intelligences (AIs) to manage the decision-making process when they’re presented with choices, and to remember logically whether or not the choice ended in success or failure. “Regret” is something of a misnomer, since the goal isn’t to make computers “feel” anything so much as learn from their mistakes and minimize the probability they’ll make an unsuccessful or inefficient choice in the future.
More Google-backed project aims to teach computers regret