Nao - the first robot that can show emotions and perceive


11/08/2010

European scientists have presented the world’s first robot that is able to demonstrate and to read emotions.

Humanoid machine, called Nao, shrugs his shoulders when sad and raises its arms to embrace, when she is happy.

In emotional terms, the robot mimics emotions year-old child and is able to bind to the people who treat him kindly.

Nao is able to notice the human emotion through a series of non-verbal "signs", such as body language and facial expression. The robot learns over time - the longer you talk, the better it will recognize your mood.

The robot is equipped with video cameras that allow us to estimate the distance to the person, and with the help of sensors, it can "feel" the touch.

"Brains" of the robot copy the properties of the neural network of the human mind, which allows him to remember the faces of people and their behavior.

Memory, and a set of simple rules about what is "good" and "bad", allows the robot to show "joy" or "sadness."

Although the set of emotions that the robot is able to reproduce, pre-programmed, but when and what kind of emotions he decides to show itself.

"We model the early years of life," - said Lola Canamero, which conducts research in the field of computer science at the University of Hartfordshirdskom and headed a project to develop emotions Nao.

"We are developing non-verbal cues and the emotions that manifest themselves through posture, signs and body movements, rather than an expression of the person or in oral form." Canamero believes that in the future computers will become friends of people.

"We have developed a reaction to revolutionize people’s sense of interaction with the robots and make them look more natural," - she said. "As soon as the forms of interaction between humans and robots will become increasingly familiar to us shape the attitude towards them will improve and they will become an integral part of our lives."

Nao has been developed within the framework of the project entitled Feelix Growing, which is sponsored by the European Commission.

Although some scientists believe that robots can find employment as assistants at home or care for the elderly, others warn of the possibility of human-like robots out of control and attacks on hosts. Attention, download news ticker and learn everything first.

Original: Telegraph.co.uk


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