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Electronics => Electronics => Topic started by: carloliu on October 08, 2016, 02:24:13 AM

Title: Humanoid robot is helping parents to take care of kids
Post by: carloliu on October 08, 2016, 02:24:13 AM
umanoid robots received great attention at this year’s Robot Business, the annual exhibition in San Jose, Canifornia, that pegs itself as “the most important robotics event in the world”.

Making your robot look and sound too much like human beings, explained by Jaegerson of Savioke, is the “expectations of intelligence go up”.

One of the most typical example is the Cookid, a child-size robot designed to take on distinctly adult responsibilities.

The 40cm tall cookid has wide eyes, working fingers and a touch screen tablet on its chest. It can sing, dance, and play Kung Fu. It can talk with children, answer questions like “Why is the sun hot?” or “How can water turn into ice”, and provide surveillance/video chat for absent parents.

“It’s a robot for children,” said Cookid Technology founder Zhigang Sun “It’s mainly for companionship.”  The cookid, he boasted, could keep children aged three to eight occupied for “a couple of hours” without adult supervision. It is perfect for the time when children arrive home from school a few hours before their parents get off work, he said.

The cookid takes the debate over the automation of human jobs to the next level. The ethics of how robots should interact with children is necessarily more fraught than the ethics of robots in the workforce. Childcare has rarely, if ever, been a particularly well-remunerated or respected job, but it is essential.

Noel Sharkey, a professor emeritus of robotics and artificial intelligence at the University of Sheffield, has been raising concerns about robotic nannies since 2008.

“Robots are a great educational tool for children. It inspires them to learn about science and engineering,” Sharkey told the Guardian in March. “It can help children be aware of the technology and by 3D visual programming, kids will develop creativity at an early age.