Well yes! the long-awaited future is at the door.
On October 16, 2018, Pepper became the first automaton to be involved in a debate on artificial intelligence. The robot was called by members of the UK Democracy Committee in order to share his opinion about the role of automata in everyday life. The purpose of the discussion was to evaluate the usefulness and functionality of robots in everyday life, focusing mainly on the possible benefits deriving from the insertion of artificial teachers in schools.
Pepper is part of a three-year international research project called Caresses, which is developing the first culturally conscious robots to provide assistance to older people. The automaton who took part in the discussion works with the students of Middlesex University as part of an initiative that involves the education of primary school children.
Pepper, applauded several times by the public, explained to the commission his duties within the university and then lingered on his opinions on robotics.
“Automata will play an important role in the lives of men, but they will always need the human skills to do their jobs to the full,” explains Pepper. The ambitious Caresses project is funded by the European Commission and the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications of Japan. Among the institutions involved in this important international collaboration is also the University of Genoa.
The robot that includes moods
Pepper is the most ‘intelligent’ humanoid robot ever made. He has knowledge in every field and it is possible to interact with him by asking him questions concerning every kind of cultural nuance.
The automaton is also able to understand the mood of the interlocutor and act accordingly.
This process is possible thanks to the pattern recognition, the main technique commonly used in the field of artificial intelligence. The memory of Pepper includes, in fact, a database in which the possible reactions to the classic emotions are inserted. The robot is therefore able to compare the situations in which it participates with the archive of information it has available. In this way he can implement a behavioral response that reflects the mood of the people he is interacting with.
In a decade I am sure that we will all share our days with talking robots where they can advise and interact on many topics.Will be the new house mates .. and I do not know if this will only be good, you just have to wait.
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