Kan I Sei… I Love You

June 6th, 2007 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

PC World introduced yet another lifestyle robot today, this time with the ability to emote:

Kansei frowns when he hears the word ‘bomb,’ smiles at ‘sushi’ and looks scared and disgusted when someone says “president” — and he isn’t even human.

Japan’s latest robot, called Kansei and created by a university research team, can pull up to 36 different facial expressions based on a program which creates word associations from a self-updating online database of 500,000 keywords…

‘I believe that’s going to be a key to improving communication between humans and robots,’ he said.

The robot has 19 movable parts underneath the silicone face mask. When he hears the word ‘president,’ the online database picks up associated words such as ‘Bush,’ ‘war’ and ‘Iraq’ and creates an expression which mixes fear and disgust.”

A guy that feigns emotion, communicates well, loves sushi, and is disgusted by Dubya? I THINK I’M IN LOVE.


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