October 9, 2008

Carnegie Mellon Robot Improv


Robotics has come a long way. The Toy Robots Initiative was established in January 1999. While it is no longer active, it was meant to make a closer relationship between robots and humans via education, toys, entertainment and art. Located at Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute, one of its projects was Robot Improv.

This involved two bots in a short skit, with one trying to leave the room and the other trying to get it to stay. Each of them had a goal, location knowledge, and an internal emotional model. There was no pre-determined script! They only worked with sets of actions and dialog that the robotic actors, named after Sesame St. characters, chose from. We know it sounds a tad far-fetched, but you can see samples of their scripts that include lines like:

"With my sonars, I can almost see this painting. or window. or whatever it is. Curse these sensors." and "But you have to stay! I'm pregnant. Again!"

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Posted by Sheila Franklin at October 9, 2008 8:45 PM
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