Log in   •   Sign up   •   Subscribe  feed icon

Japanese Child Robot With Biomimetic Body Learns Social Skills

Meet CB2, aka, Child-Robot with Biomimetic Body.  He is watching your every facial expression, interpreting, assimilating.  You touch him tenderly while you smile; he assimilates the combined expressions.  He's a two-year old robot and he's doing almost everything a two-year-old child does.

CB2's inventor (or should I say Dad?), professor Minoru Asada, says that now his 4'4", 73-pound robot is learning basic social skills. He says that the robot is recording emotional expressions using eye-cameras.  Then CB2 memorizes and matches those expressions with physical sensations, and then he clusters them on his circuit boards.

CB2 lives at a laboratory in Osaka University, and is being financed by the state: the Japan Science and Technology Agency.  In his first 2 years, CB2 has learned to walk on his own, using 51 "muscles" driven by air pressure. He breathes too.

The next goal for CB2 is that the robot-child will be speaking basic sentences like that of a 2-year old child.  (CB2 will be four, but he's an experiment, after all.)

Asada says that soon humanoids will develop learning abilities somewhere between those of a human and those of a chimpanzee . By 2050, Asada wants a robotic team of soccer players to compete in the World Cup championship.

Physorg.com

 

Comments
Apr 7, 2009
by Anonymous

scary

they are gonna take over... im telling you... just look in its eyes, you can see world domination in there! and i will be ready for it!!! zombie or robot acpocalypse im deff gonna save the world! gamers unite!!!!!!
~falcor