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Jacob Østergaard

9. september 2007

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Engelsk


Stil (Dances With Robots)

15:01:36



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Dances With Robots

A. Summary

The article, Dances With Robots, by Christian Caryl

at the MSNBC,

is about the excessive
development and evolution of humanoid robots, mainly
androids. In the article we can read that Japan is
the spearhead in the robot industry and that
Norihiro Hagita, director
of the ATR Intelligent
Robotics, predicts that human
-
like

robots will take
over a lot of work positions in the near future like
receptionists, child care, nursing etc. The ATR is
working hard on making the robots look as close as
possible to a real human. They apply cream coloured silicon “skin” and under that t
iny
sensors to feel human interaction all over the body. Norihiro Hagita also states some of the
main difficulties of making the robots fit seamless into our current community and society.
The problem is that
it is very hard to filter all the every noise f
rom the environment where
you want to have a conversation with the robot for instance. The ATR have already
developed robots which can, to some extent, interact “seamlessly” with people and interpret
some very basic human feelings like smiling, frowning, l
aughing and such. The Japanese
government is already looking forward to robots which can help make up the labour
shortfall.

B. Commentary

The goal is to build an intelligent environment for the symbiosis of robots and humans in
everyday life. Th
e real challenge is to come up with robots that can actually communicate
with people.

The problem with robots at the moment is that they indeed have problems fully interpreting
human thoughts and awareness. A person can sometimes predict how another person

feels
even though he hasn’t fully expressed it through either speech or body language. A robot
just can do that yet and it will be extremely hard to develop so it will look and feel seamless.

Per
sonally I tried chatting with an

AI robot via instant messaging and at first the conversation
was going pretty well but then I started to notice flaws in the AI which could be exploited to
make the robot say various things a normal human never would say.

The problem is that there’s a hug
e gap between instant messaging and actual voice chatting
and conversations, it
is, as stated in the article, very hard to filter out
all the
noise from the
environment where you are trying to have a conversation with a robot. I also personally
noticed tha
t with a new feature in the computer operating system, Windows Vista. It has a
new feature called Voice
Recognition

although it wasn’t i
ncluded in the retail editions of
HTX Holstebro

Jacob Østergaard

9. september 2007

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Engelsk


Stil (Dances With Robots)

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Vista. I was able to open a word processing program and write a letter, save it and se
nd it to
my own email by using voice interaction only. It was pretty impressive though it had loads of
flaws and bugs, but I guess that’s might be because of lazy development compared to the
technology they use in Japan at the ATR for instance.

So it is in
deed very true what the
comment states that if we can develop a seamless and somewhat blurred line between
humans and robots
there’s nearly no end to what we could perform with them
,

a
s long as it
doesn't become unethical.

C. Discussion

One thing I know

will change which I noticed as I read the article and wrote the summary,
the way we presents the robots.

As I wrote the summary I wrote: “...robots who can..” that
was of course wrong and the program wanted me to correct it
to: “...robots
which

can..” then

it suddenly hit me, even this
2007 edition of the built
-
in dictionary don’t want to present
robots as “persons” it still wants to present them as things
. If
we are to seamless interact with robots
in the future
such
minor things also needs to be corrected

before we can
consider it seamless
or else we would constantly be
reminded that robots are still just things and not persons.


Another thing I thought of was that it would actually be neat
if I could simply ask my calculator what the
0.467 minus the
squar
e root of
48.73 would be. Such things will surely be
implemented in domestic computer systems in the near
future.

But still when communicating with a robot it only has the ability to calculate an
answer, it doesn’t have to ability to use what we refer to a
s an imagination. Let’s think of this
for instance, a person and a robot sits by a table in a room all alone with coloured pencils
and a blank piece of paper in front of each other, then both are given the task
to draw a
balloon and then robot succeeds wit
h the best looking balloon. Then they are set to draw
who they love, the person draws her husband and the robot probably draws its owner or
developer if it has been programmed to be able to love that is.

For the final test both are set to draw a picture w
hich needs to consist of a compilation of
their latest dream and their favourite food. At this task the robot fails miserable because it
can’t dream nor eat food so it would have no idea what so ever what either of those things
are.

If we find a way to get

around these issues and flaws we would have nearly an unlimited
number of ways to use the robots in generally all work positions and even just as personal
company.

HTX Holstebro

Jacob Østergaard

9. september 2007

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Engelsk


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We can even start to imagine wars without any loss of human lives whatsoever. We would
even

be able to perform space explorations outside our current reach because the humans
can only be in space for a certain time span, the robots could simply recharge in a console in
the spaceship and still perform human tasks like fixing several things on the

spaceship.


Article can be found at:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/7692701/site/newsweek/