Researchers turn to AI to stamp out ethnic clashes

Oct 31, 2018, 8:34 AM EDT
(Source: Gerry Lauzon/flickr)
(Source: Gerry Lauzon/flickr)

The researchers at Oxford University are trying to figure out if artificial intelligence could play a role in stopping religious conflicts by helping them understand the conditions, triggers and patterns for sectarian violence.

As part of the study, published in the Journal for Artificial Societies and Social Stimulation, researchers developed an AI software that simulates human actions driven by religious, ethnic and racial divisions to pre-empt behavior in certain specific situations that may lead to clashes, notes the BBC.

The “psychologically realistic model of a human” showed that people stick to peaceful means most of the times but resort to violence when “social hazards” such as outgroup members, challenge their core beliefs, resulting in xenophobic anxiety and tensions, reports Eurek Alert.