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Alfie: An Interactive Robot with Moral Compass

Cigdem Turan; Patrick Schramowski; Constantin A. Rothkopf; Kristian Kersting
In: Khiet P. Truong; Dirk Heylen; Mary Czerwinski; Nadia Berthouze; Mohamed Chetouani; Mikio Nakano (Hrsg.). ICMI '20: International Conference on Multimodal Interaction. ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction (ICMI-2020), October 25-29, Pages 758-759, ACM, 2020.


This work introduces Alfie, an interactive robot that is capable of answering moral (deontological) questions of a user. The interaction of Alfie is designed in a way in which the user can offer an alternative answer when the user disagrees with the given answer so that Alfie can learn from its interactions. Alfie's answers are based on a sentence embedding model that uses state-of-the-art language models, e.g. Universal Sentence Encoder and BERT. Alfie is implemented on a Furhat Robot, which provides a customizable user interface to design a social robot.

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