Dr. Woebot


LAS VEGAS ⎯ The robot called Forpheus does more than play a mean game of table tennis. It can read body language to gauge its opponent’s ability, and offer advice and encouragement.

Forpheus is among several devices shown at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show which highlight how robots can become more humanlike by acquiring “emotional intelligence” and empathy. Along with The Woebot, almost all fields in medical science will be positively affected by AI and friendly robots for conversation. The medical training of surgeons, the diagnostic abilities of various programs and then finally to the actual operations, being conducted by robots with doctors at their sides, is truly the wave of the future.

Using robotics to comfort people is becoming a burgeoning industry.

“There has been a lot of research on detecting human emotions. We do the opposite. We synthesize emotions for the machine,” said Patrick Levy-Rosenthal, founder of New York-based Emoshape, which is producing its chip for partners in gaming, virtual and augmented reality and other sectors.

Look for interactive AI like Alexa and Siri to grow personal skills at rapid rates in the coming decade, taking on the “friend” persona in many households.

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