Wednesday, May 11, 2005

NASA Seeks To Endow Robots With Human-Like Traits

NASA Ames researchers have embarked on an ambitious research project to endow robots with human-like traits.

According to NASA press release:

"Our goal is not for robots to have the same 'thought process' as humans, but rather for them to act, respond and interact more 'naturally' in ways that humans do with other humans. This requires that robots possess traits such as self-awareness (recognition of their limits and when they need to ask for help), and human-awareness (knowing to whom they are talking, and when it is an appropriate time to ask a question)," said Illah Nourbakhsh, a scientist who leads a group developing human-robot teams.

The project will break down along three segments, collaborative control, reasoning mechanism, and robot-human interaction. In addition to filed tests, many experiments will occur in a simulated control room with a window looking out on robots working in an area simulating the surface of a moon or planet. Completion of the robot laboratory is planned for the fall of 2005.

There's a lot more in the article which is long but worth a read.

via Boing Boing