As we pondered many of these questions and others prompted by the ideas, I came across the work of David Hanson who created Jules, a conversational character robot, modeled in Frubber which allows his face to be highly expressive. Created to run on batteries, Jules was to be shipped to the University of West England. Those who had worked with him prepared to say goodbye to the android.
Jules' question early on blew many of my students' minds: "Will I dream when I'm turned off?" Is this just programming, fake A.I.? What the students found as interesting was the personification that obviously went on between the humans and Jules. What the obvious attachment the humans display toward Jules.
- Kacie Kinzer: Robot Love http://vimeo.com/9297237
- The Turing Test http://www.longbets.org/1#terms
- Robots with a mind of their own http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkvpEfAPXn4
- ASIMO learning to identify objects http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DeVUOauMawg
- A Robot cooking http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VvoJxmaoi8A
- Actroid DER2 – Real Humanoid Female Robot http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtuioXKssyA&feature=related
- Hod Lipson: Robots that are “self-aware" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMkHYE9-R0A
- TED David Hanson: Robots that “show emotion” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjW-v0IPT_M
- Robot News http://www.machinebrain.com/
- Video: Japan's New Goateed Germinoid Robot Is Uncomfortably Realistichttp://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2011-03/video-goateed-geminoid-robot-guaranteed-freak-you-out