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Robot Learns from Smiles, Frowns – Won’t Kill Us as Long as We Keep a Happy Face on

by Paul Strauss
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All the signs of the robopocalypse are starting to coalesce. We’ve got robots that look like people, ones that can butcher, and even one that can self-replicate. Put these all together and you’ve got yourself the very first Terminator, right? Well, now robots can even read our emotions. This particular ‘bot reacts to smiling and frowning.

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The University of Tsukuba AI Lab has created an interface which detects positive (smiling) or negative (frowning) feedback, and passes these signals to a Nao humanoid robot. The robot, in turn, uses this feedback to help it learn which behaviors are good or bad, like humans do when teaching children or pets.

I can only imagine as robots start to learn from positive and negative reinforcement that they could go the way of a badly-trained pitbull in the hands of the wrong person. Be nice to your robots and they won’t hurt you. But treat them badly – or maybe just frown at them, and they’ll whip out the ham-boning blade and take you down.

Personally, I still prefer my robots like this:

[via IEEE Spectrum]

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