CommU Robots Pretend to Listen But Don’t Understand

Published by , May 9, 2016 4:17 am

(TechCrunch) CommU robots are the latest creation by world-renowned Japanese roboticist, Dr. Hiroshi Ishiguro who is the director at the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory at Osaka University. CommU robots are 11 inches in height and are programmed to “talk” to each other on a number of topics. When a CommU robot group senses the presence of a human, they are programmed to engage with them and involve them in their exchange.
“If you have two or more robots having a conversation with each other and suddenly a human joins the group, the CommU will recognize the human is talking and say something along the lines of: ‘What do you think?’” he says. “When you answer, the robots will say, ‘I see’ or ‘Interesting,’ then return to their own ‘conversation.’ They don’t understand what the human is saying. The CommU simply demonstrates the dynamics of group communication.”

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