In my last post, I mentioned Dr. Cynthia Breazeal’s founding of her new company as an example of the emergence of robots designed to the social framework we apply as we interact in the world. This week, she unveiled Jibo, a personal robot for your home. It is no secret that we tend to respond to social stimuli even when generated from technology. While there has some debate in the robotics community about how far you can take this before you fall into the so-called “uncanny valley”, where too much anthropomorphic design may make a robot seem creepy, there is little doubt that it is almost unavoidable to create a some social context with robots. I’ve previously cited classic study by Drs. Heidel and Simmel in 1944. Subjects asked to describe animation of moving geometric shapes typically used social terms to described the interaction even though no such context was provided before….
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I’m Tandy Trower, founder of Hoaloha Robotics. I started Hoaloha out of the vision that robotic technology is not just a promise of the future or the domain of R&D departments and over-zealous hobbyists, but an emerging new form of PC technology. To some that might seem an outlandish vision. Here in my blog, I share my thoughts on assistive, robotics, and other technology.
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