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