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June 09, 2007

Robot faces of the future

photo of Meiji University's Kansei robot

I've written before about the work being done to make robots more empathetic and easy to get along with. There's some interesting work in this area going on right now at Meiji University in Japan. Their experimental robot, Kansei, is designed to exhibit facial expressions appropriate to the words it hears. (We humans do this type of thing all the time. During conversation, we're constantly tweaking our expression in tiny ways that indicate interest and empathy to the speaker).

Kansei recognizes about half a million words, and will tweak its facial expression to match the conversation it hears. This YouTube video shows that we still have a long way to go in this area, but it's interesting nevertheless.

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Posted by Chris Spurgeon at June 9, 2007 07:33 AM

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