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Robotics Social Networks

Advanced Social Skills For Humanoid Robots 92

Posted by kdawson
from the attention-in-the-uncanny-valley dept.
Lanxon writes "A pan-European team of robotics researchers began a project this year that could see humanoid bots interact with groups of people in a realistic, anthropomorphic way for the first time. The 'humanoids with auditory and visual abilities in populated spaces' (HUMAVIPS) project has the ambitious goal of making humanoid bots just a bit more human by building algorithms that will enable bots to mimic what psychologists call the 'cocktail party effect' — the human ability to focus attention on just one person in the midst of other people, voices and background noise."
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Advanced Social Skills For Humanoid Robots

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  • by Gamer_2k4 (1030634) on Tuesday February 16, 2010 @04:28AM (#31153288)

    Why are we working so hard on creating protocol droids when utility droids are so much better?

    Except that a protocol droid IS a utility droid under the right circumstances. C-3PO knows "over six million forms of communication"; that's extremely useful for diplomats, foreign exchange students, travelers, etc., etc., etc. Not everyone needs a garbage can that can plug into their computer and display low-res holograms. Heck, C-3PO was needed most of the time so that people could understand just what in the world your "clever, handy, and quick" droid was trying to do or say. For a more relevant example, let's say that R2-D2 is a Linux computer C-3PO is a Mac. Tons of people still use the latter, don't they?

  • by Lord Bitman (95493) on Tuesday February 16, 2010 @05:55AM (#31153592) Homepage

    focusing on one person in a crowded room, being able to hear what one person is saying despite a lot of other talking and background noise I don't care about? I don't have that super-power, where do I sign up?

Nothing in progression can rest on its original plan. We may as well think of rocking a grown man in the cradle of an infant. -- Edmund Burke