An Australian researcher has built algorithms that let computers experience free thinking and emotion, allowing them to respond to simple moral lessons found in Aesop’s Fables.
Upon freely associating a trifecta of stories involving birds — “The Thirsty Pigeon,” “The Cat and the Cock” and “The Wolf and the Crane” — the computer responded, “I felt sad for the bird.”
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