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Can Artificial Intelligence Help Stop Religious Violence?

Researchers used artificial intelligence algorithms to simulate actions driven by sectarian divisions. Their model contains thousands of agents representing different ethnicities, races, and religions. Norway and Slovakia are trialling the tech to tackle tensions that can arise when Muslim immigrants settle in historically Christian countries. The Oxford University researchers hope their system can be used to help governments respond to incidents, such as the recent London terror attacks. However, one independent expert said that the tool needed more work before it could be used in real-life situations. “This could be an extremely useful research project when it reaches maturity as a thought tool for analyzing factors involved in religious conflict,” said Professor Noel Sharkey.

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