TBHH9: Clever or just plain creepy? iCub robot has a sense of self, displays six emotions & responds to being touched

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Clever or just plain creepy? iCub robot has a sense of self, displays six emotions & responds to being touched

BySarah Griffiths | mailonline.com

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  • The humanoid, called iCub has been under development for a decade
  • It’s latest iteration is shown playing a game and reacting to its progress
  • Robot is motivated by goals and can express six emotions on its face 
  • Video shows it responding to touch as well as spoken instructions 

 

Artificial Intelligence has been described as a threat that could be ‘more dangerous than nukes’.But despite this, the race is on to create robots that can interact naturally with humans and mimic some of our unique characteristics.

Now, a robot modelled on a four-year-old child, has been developed with a ‘sense of self’. It was originally created by the Italian Institute of Technology as part of the eFAA Project and over the years, it’s been refined to be able to crawl, walk and dance to music, manipulate objects in its hands, speak and express emotions. It’s latest iteration is more human-like than ever. A video posted by New Scientist shows it playing a game of paddle war – a simple game where two players each hold a paddle – or in this case a cylinder – and try to score goals using a digital ball, while stopping their rival from scoring.

 

 

The robot’s goals and emotions change constantly, based on information picked up by sensors and it reacts appropriately to whether it is winning or losing.

When iCub concedes a goal, it frowns and furrows its light-up eyebrows, sometimes swearing like an ill-tempered human.

When it scores a goal, it smiles and says phrases like ‘got it,’ although there is not much change in intonation whether a phrase is negative or positive.

The robot’s goals and emotions change constantly, based on information picked up by sensors and it reacts appropriately. A stock image is shown

The robot laughs, or says ‘ha ha’ when the ball ricochets off the side of the screen, but is seemingly a bad loser.

‘That isn’t fair, I should be stronger at video games!’ it says, after losing the game.

The video also shows how the robot can respond to being touched, a little bit like a slightly creepy human.

When a human strokes its arms it affects iCub’s reactions and emotions and the robot says on one occasion in the video: ‘I like when you touch me this way’.

‘Enjoying’ the human contact, the machine smiles and says: ‘please, caress me again’.

Tweaks to its software also mean that the robot is starting to understand language and can follow instructions that require reasoning, such as identifying two objects and moving them to a position, as instructed.

Scientists are so keen to develop human-like robots to advance the field of artificial intelligence, which they hope could one day be used in medicine, and even eradicate disease and poverty, for example.

 

 

5 Comments on “TBHH9: Clever or just plain creepy? iCub robot has a sense of self, displays six emotions & responds to being touched”

  1. Jennifer

    CREEPY! Personally I don’t like the self check out lines in the store… it’s going to steal jobs for people and it’s conditioning the mind to view it as normal. I can do without robots, computers and phones are enough!!

  2. Donna Cee

    I remember reading an article last year about these type of robots. They were being created as the likeness of little children for experiments in treating pedophiles. SMH

  3. Jack

    All so they can plant their souls into robots and live forever without fear of being accountable for their sins to God, and to continue to sin, forever. As always this is being done to better mankind. The blanket excuse for cash cows. Looking at one the links, came across a robot called ” petman”. This thing was creepy as the post implied, what got my attention was they actually had it bow on one knee. Who do they plan on it bowing to? One good thing for us humans is that you can hear them coming a mile away. Why put money into projects for AI, when we could do the same for HI ( Human Intelligence). That’s more scary than the robots to them I guess.

    Ezekiel 18:4 Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father. so also is the soul of the son: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.

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