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Developing robots able to 'interact with people naturally'

Robotics researchers are working on new technologies that increase interaction with humans
By: Michael Hatamoto | Science, Space & Robotics News | Posted: May 31, 2015 11:20 pm

Researchers want to develop next-generation robots able to naturally interact with humans, hoping their creations are able to intuitively act on instinct. Researchers from the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies and Institute for Systems Research want to revolutionize how robots are able to function in the real-world.




Ideally, it'll be possible to teach robots common sense and general awareness of their surroundings, so they can play a wider role in the human world. ARC researchers previously showed off a robot that can learn how to cook after watching YouTube culinary videos.


"We're trying to build the next generation of robots," said Yiannis Aloimonos, an experienced computer science professor, in a statement released by the University of Maryland. "There are robots that can interact with people naturally and do a variety of useful things."


Even though artificial intelligence developments have some people worried, there is a strong likelihood that robots will always need to rely on humans to sustain their existence.


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