Suzanne Gildert

‘That AI is also learning my values.’— Kindred co-founder Suzanne Gildert

To teach a robot to be a robot is something a human is expected to do.  But when a human teaches a machine, theses days machines begin to pick up the traits of the teacher.  And who should teach the robot? Say you want to teach a robot basketball, do you choose one source, like your AllStar player, or do you choose to combine the skills of the entire team team?

Physicist Suzanne Gildert is the chief science officer of Vancouver-based robotics company Kindred, which she co-founded in 2014 to create intelligent robots that can learn from humans. (SingularityU Canada Summit)

This process, called teleoperation, is a learning process whereby the robot follows the lead of its human trainer.  The problem that has come to the surface is the robot is learning too much and too little at the same time.

Virtual reality controllers are used to manually show one of Kindred’s robots what the trainer wants it to do, a process called teleoperation. (Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images)

 “That AI is also learning my values,” Gildert explained during a talk on robot ethics at the Singularity University Canada Summit in Toronto on Wednesday. “Everything — my mannerisms, my behaviors — is all going into the AI.”