Af­fa­ble an­droids

Focus-Science and Technology - - Discoveries -

AS THE DAWN of robot but­lers comes ever closer, maybe it’s time to think about how they’ll be­have. Google has re­vealed plans to cre­ate down­load­able robot per­son­al­i­ties, mean­ing that we’ll be able to choose our per­fect com­put­erised com­pan­ion. The per­son­al­i­ties will be stored on a re­mote server, and dif­fer­ent per­son­al­i­ties will see the ro­bots adopt­ing dif­fer­ent speak­ing styles, stances and fa­cial move­ments. You might choose to model your robot on a celebrity, a friend or even your­self.

Google’s ro­bots will also be able to tai­lor their ac­tions based on your mood. If the robot knows you’re not a morn­ing per­son, it might gen­tly wake you up with a fresh cof­fee; if you’re caught in a storm, it might jovially of­fer an um­brella and play some up­lift­ing mu­sic to cheer you up. Let’s just hope they’re not all as an­noy­ing as C-3PO. Patent num­ber: US 8,996,429

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