Robot Einstein could save humans from killbot destruction

einstein-robot

Earlier this year we saw the Einstein robot that is being developed to facilitate human facial emotions in robots. [David Hanson], the man in charge of this project, has given a TED talk on his work that includes a show-and-tell of his most recent progress. We’ve embedded the video after the break for your enjoyment.

The Einstein robot (head only in this video) shows off the ability to recognize and mimic the facial emotions of the person in front of it. There is also video of a Bladerunner-esque robot looking around a room, recognizing and remembering the faces of the people it sees. [David] makes a very interesting proclamation: he’s trying to teach robots empathy. He feels that there is a mountain of R&D money going into robots that can kill and not much for those that can sense human emotions. His hope is that if we can teach empathy, we might not be annihilated when robots become smarter than us.

That’s not such a bad idea. Any way you look at it, this talk is interesting and we wish the five-minute offering was five-times as long. But [Mr. Hanson's] facial hair alone is worth clicking through to see.

[photo: Bot Curiosity]

Comments

  1. walt says:

    goofy faces on robots = gay

  2. Skitchin says:

    @1:20 – 1:37 = Goddess Bunny Tap Dancer tribute.

  3. farthead says:

    Until they nuke us from orbit…

  4. Leif says:

    I always knew Shia LaBeouf was a robot.

  5. barry99705 says:

    @walt

    No, that’s Dub-ya. He always looks like that.

  6. metacollin says:

    That is the most epic facial hair I’ve ever seen.

  7. sansan says:

    Is the robot to the left or to the right? Both look goofy…

  8. Joe Knight says:

    Is that George Bush?

  9. roshamboe says:

    are they gonna make it so Einstein can stick his tongue out?

  10. Chimpy McCokespoon Sr. says:

    “Chimpy McCokespoon I (Bush) meets Chimpy McCokespoon II’s (Obama’s) latest idea for healthcare reform. Robots assigned to monitor each American for counter-revolutionary behavior such as eating red meat or drinking alcohol.”

  11. Jac says:

    You can almost see Bush thinking “Heck I thought for sure that Doc Brown fella died a few years ago but here he is, how ya doin’, doc?”

  12. Jac says:

    and “You look smaller on teevee”

  13. pod says:

    That beard and mustaches! I’m so envy

  14. staberas says:

    does it come with Summer Glau face ?

  15. Wwhat says:

    Imagine robots with empathy, they’d be thrown out of the US just because of that ‘weird’ and ‘unnatural’ thing.
    But there’s other countries, and the seas and ocenas, and north/south pole, and space.

  16. Great thanks!

  17. Banlord says:

    Good Idea!!
    I Love It!

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