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­c3m Researches Simulator of Human Behavior

Logo of the IBSEN (Bridging the gap: from Individual Behavior to the Socio-tEchnical Man) project

Researchers at Charles III University of Madrid (Spain) are investigating how to build a system that recreates human behavior.

Credit: Charles III University of Madrid (Spain)

Researchers at the Charles III University of Madrid (UC3M) in Spain are working on the IBSEN project, which is investigating how to build a system that recreates human behavior.

The researchers say the technology could be used to anticipate behavior in a socioeconomic crisis, create more human-like robots, or develop avatars of artificial intelligence.

"We are going to lay the foundations to start a new way of doing social science for the problems that arise in a society that is very technologically connected," says IBSEN project leader Anxo Sanchez.

The researchers say they are preparing experiments that will simultaneously present certain problems of cooperation, social problems, and economic games to thousands of people in order to discover hidden patterns in their decisions. The researchers will use this information to create a simulator of human behavior.

"The greatest difficulty is to design a new experimental protocol that allows us to ensure that all the participants in the experiment are available at the same time and really interact, because you are not observing them in a laboratory," the researchers note.

They say the goal is to obtain a repertoire of human conduct that makes it possible to simulate the behavior of a person and apply it to a robot.

From Charles III University of Madrid (Spain)
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