A Robot Designed To Help Kids With Autism Learn Social Cues


Hoffman, an assistant professor at Cornell University who studies human-robot interaction, partnered with Google to develop the robot to watch YouTube clips alongside children with autism. These children often have trouble understanding how to react emotionally to social situations. Using machine learning, Hoffman and the team at Google are working on designing ways for Blossom to act during different videos to help autistic kids learn key social cues. The project is still in its infancy, and the team hasn't shared many details. But the idea is a touchstone in Hoffman's 14-year quest to build softer, gentler robots–ones we might even pass down to our children and grandchildren one day.