What depressed robots can teach us about mental health | Zachary Mainen

The idea of a depressed AI seems odd, but machines could face similar problems. Imagine a robot with a hardware malfunction. Perhaps it needs to learn a new way of grasping information. If its learning rate is not high enough, it may lack the flexibility to change its algorithms. If severely damaged, it might even need to adopt new goals. If it fails to adapt it could give up and stop trying. A “depressed” AI could be easily fixed by a supervisor boosting its learning rate. But imagine an AI sent light years away to another solar system. It would...

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