<ul><li>Zeno- 17 inch tall robotic companion </li></ul><ul><li>Unlike artificial robotic toys, Zeno is an interactive learning companion, </li></ul><ul><li>Who can engage in conversation and convey human emotion through a face made of a skin-like, patented material his creator calls frubber. </li></ul><ul><li>Available within the next three years for $200-300 </li></ul>
<ul><li>… The issue of the “uncanny valley” theory… </li></ul><ul><li>The theory states that humans have a positive psychological reaction to robots that look somewhat like humans, but that robots made to look very realistic end up seeming grotesque instead of comforting. </li></ul><ul><li>people should look at robotics as a new age art form </li></ul><ul><li>-Hanson believes that Zeno is the closest prototype we are going to get to the robots seen in the movies </li></ul>
The KISMET organization… “ Traditionally, autonomous robots are designed to operate as independently and remotely as possible from humans, often performing tasks in hazardous and hostile environments. However, a new range of application domains (domestic, entertainment, health care, etc.) are driving the development of robots that can interact and cooperate with people, and play a part in their daily lives.” Kismet overview (http://www.ai.mit.edu/projects/sociable/overview.html)
What is Kismet? http://www. ai . mit . edu/projects/sociable/movies/hardware-narrative . mov
How is Kismet different? <ul><li>Kismet has the knowledge programed to adjust its postion in relation to the person it is talking to </li></ul><ul><li>Like humans, Kismet has many different “systems” in its make up: attention, motor, behaviour, perceptual and motivation </li></ul>
Social Impacts People and Machines: Will AI machines someday replace humans in the workplace? How safe are we with this design? Reliability: Could if reach the point that these machines would not do as they are programmed? How do we know that they are going to always work?
Conclusion <ul><li>There should come a time where we draw the line in the humanization of robots </li></ul><ul><li>They are good as tools for learning </li></ul><ul><li>If the research continues and advances continue, scientists should educate the public </li></ul>
Thank you for listening and I hope you learned something!