Aug 2, 2021

Theory of Mind in Humans and Machines

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To promote an ethical approach in human-machine interaction.

The theory of mind is about recognizing other minds, comprehend emotions, understand intentions, and predict behaviors that are essential for intelligent social interaction. The capability to detect others’ minds is critical to human cognition and social interaction. It allows us to build relationships and work cooperatively to achieve common goals.

Research has shown that having a sophisticated theory of mind may be a large part of why humans have cognitive skills. This ability is so important that when it is disrupted, as we see in some cases of autism, vital cerebral functions like language learning and imagination become impaired.

So, understanding the theory of mind helps us to anticipate how others might behave in a particular condition. Completely understanding the theory of mind is a complex task indeed.

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