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Creepy robot is able to mimic human emotions


Posted on Tuesday, 27 March, 2018 | Comment icon 9 comments

Scientists are trying to build emotionally intelligent interfaces. Image Credit: YouTube / BBC Earth Lab
Scientists at Cambridge University have been working on an emotive human-like robot known as Charles.
Designed to look like a middle-aged man and equipped with an array of servos that enable it to move different parts of its face, the eerily life-like robot is remarkably adept at duplicating human emotions.

To accomplish this, special software first analyzes video footage of a person performing an emotion and then replicates each individual movement using the servos in place of human facial muscles.

"We've been interested in seeing if we can give computers the ability to understand social signals, to understand facial expressions, tone of voice, body posture and gesture," said Prof Peter Robinson.

"We thought it would also be interesting to see if the computer system, the machine, could actually exhibit those same characteristics , and see if people engage with it more because it is showing the sort of responses in it's facial expressions that a person would show. So we had Charles made."

Despite his sophistication however, Charles still moves in a rather awkward, robotic way.

"Our control programmes are just not quite fine enough and the monitoring of the human face we're using at the moment is just not quite good enough and so it looks unnatural," said Prof Robinson.


Source: Cambridge News | Comments (9)

Tags: Charles, Robot

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by khol on 25 March, 2018, 13:22
One of my favorite star trek characters was Data from 'next generation'. I thought Brent Spiner did a great job with this.. We are not there yet by a long shot but its happening isnt it ?... kinda freaky and cool at the same time
Comment icon #2 Posted by Eldorado on 25 March, 2018, 13:25
Maybe with the rise of the machines human life will some day become sacrosanct.
Comment icon #3 Posted by khol on 25 March, 2018, 13:28
we can only hope
Comment icon #4 Posted by Guyver on 27 March, 2018, 18:34
We've got a long way to go in this field.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Grandpa Greenman on 27 March, 2018, 19:14
Great it can smile, now can itsmile while it fetches a beer from the fridge, make a sandwich and washthe dishes?
Comment icon #6 Posted by BorizBadinov on 27 March, 2018, 20:40
What is necessary to achieve true human expression is a synthetic muscle structure that operates like organic muscle tissue. Prosthetics look great until they move but they don't bunch and stretch like muscle tissue and so you cannot achieve the same natural looking effect. One of the ideas I have been toying with is using embedded electromagnetics to be able to repulse or attract to simulate stretching or contracting muscle fiber to achieve the visual effect. I read about a superconductor material that had a similar nature to muscle tissue but that was some years ago and I haven't heard about... [More]
Comment icon #7 Posted by Jon the frog on 27 March, 2018, 22:12
Better starting with useful robot that can walk and do task than creepy monsters, lol
Comment icon #8 Posted by ZiionGoldLight on 28 March, 2018, 8:03
Why in the world would u want to make something human? We are ready unstable creatures the robot going to be too just like us, u c how he was confused about what face he made?he's going to be confused on murder I know you guys saw I robot
Comment icon #9 Posted by pallidin on 28 March, 2018, 16:34
Outstanding! But, um, can it interpret and gesture the "middle finger"? Bwhahahahaha...


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