in the UK claim to have developed emotive robots that bond like
human children. The 1.68 million pound Feelix Growing Project, a
global partnership of robotic experts, psychologists and
neuroscientists, aims to produce machines that can engage
emotionally with humans.
Researchers say the robots will bond
with their human handlers in the similar way a child bonds to a
According to them, the robots will be able
to see, hear, touch and judge the distance between themselves
and humans. They will recognise human body language, and respond
to emotional states such as anger, fear and happiness. In other
words, the robots will display "emotional resonance"
— an ability to mimic people’s emotions to enhance positive
bonding, said a researcher.
Dr Lola Canamero, who is co-ordinating
the Feelix project, Feelix being an acronym of Feel, Interact,
express, said one of the first machines — a box on wheels —
is already showing imprinted behaviour. "Like a human baby,
it has become attached to its ‘mother’ and follows her
around," The Independent quoted a report in the Engineer
magazine as saying.
According to Dr Canamero, though the
robots being built at the University of Hertfordshire will be
simple demonstration platforms to test different technologies,
some will be given artificial heads capable of producing facial
expressions. — ANI