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Making AI 'Intentional'


Ostari is a new programming framework developed by North Carolina State University researchers for creating more intentional algorithms

A new artificial intelligence game-playing program can infer how other players are likely to respond to new information, and what other players likely want from it when they share information.

Credit: Maziani Sabudin

Researchers at North Carolina State University (NCSU) have developed a game-playing artificial intelligence (AI) program imbued with social reasoning and "intentionality," or the ability to deduce how other players are likely to respond to new information and what other players likely want from the AI when they share information.

The program is a proof of concept for Ostari, a new programming framework the researchers developed for creating more intentional AI algorithms.

In one experiment, the team matched human players with several versions of a program that plays a card game, and the participants noted they had more fun playing against a fully intentional program, which accounts for both how players will interpret its intent and how it should interpret the intent of other players.

Another study details how Ostari can be used by developers to author intentional AI programs, ideally in conjunction with other programming languages for any application in which situations requiring information exchange must be modeled.

From NC State News
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