Sporting a stylish bob haircut, a humanoid robot called Erica chats to a guy before an amazed audience in Madrid. She and other robots like her are the main focus of robotics research, as their human form could be crucial to integrating these machines into our own lives, said investigators collected this week at the annual International Conference on Intelligent Robots.
“You mentioned project management. Can you please tell me more?” Erica, who’s playing the part of an employer, asks the guy. She might not understand the conversation, but she has been trained to determine keywords and react to them.
A source of dispute is due in part to concerns for robots working for us, the existence of robots in our regular lives is necessary and probably unavoidable according to engineers at the summit. The secret to making them more acceptable, they added, would be to make them look … Read the rest