Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Dogs designing robots?

Social robots are machines somewhat able to emulate how people express themselves. A social robot needs to be able to communicate verbally, but also through expressions and body language. 

Dogs might help teach
robots social skills.
A social robot must be able to learn from other people, and to collaborate. Sounds like science fiction? These machines are already used in various forms of physical rehabilitation, and we're bound to see them perform more functions in the not too distant future.

So, what does this have to do with dogs? Gabriella Lakatos of the Hungarian Academy of Science says that dogs might come to play an important role in the design of social robots.

Her study shows that dogs react differently to robots who behave socially compared to machines that just do their jobs, even if the device looks nothing like a human. This can give important insight into the robot's design.

According to Science Daily, humans interact differently with machines with a body than with cell phones or computers, and studying the dogs' interaction can help scientists understand the differences.

~ Maria Sadowski ~

1 comment:

  1. That makes sense...the things some people think about, amazing!