Talking to an android: Meet ERICA, she wants to listen to you

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Now a research team from Kyoto University, Osaka University, and the Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute, or ATR, have significantly upgraded the interaction system for conversational android ERICA, giving her even greater dialog skills. ERICA is an android created by Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University and ATR, specifically designed for natural conversation through incorporation of human-like facial expressions and gestures. The research team demonstrated the updates during a symposium at the National Museum of Emerging Science in Tokyo. "When we talk to one another, it's never a simple back and forward progression of information," states Tatsuya Kawahara of Kyoto University's Graduate School of Informatics, and an expert in speech and audio processing. We express agreement by nodding or saying'uh-huh' to maintain the momentum of conversation.


Robot wiz: Your next phone could be a Telenoid

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With child-like eyes staring out from an expressionless face, the Telenoid R1 does look a little creepy. But if Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Japan's Osaka University has his way, a miniature Telenoid that lets you "feel" the presence of the party on the other line could soon replace the cell phones of today. It turns out the future could be just around the corner as the roboticist said a prototype of the mobile "Elfoid" would be ready in a few months. Speaking today at the sneak preview of the Singapore-based Asia on the Edge festival--an annual showcase of ideas and cultures from Asia--Ishiguro is most regarded for his development of lifelike androids. He has even created a mechanical doppelganger of himself called Geminoid in his bid to understand humans.


Sharp unit to license IP from U.S. labs EE Times

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Artificial-intelligence technology that could change the way busy sports fans get their fix will be among the licensable intellectual property unveiled here Tuesday (March 23) by the newly formed Sharp Technology Ventures. The venture's charter is to commercialize technologies developed at Sharp Laboratories of America Inc. that have languished here in the labs "technologies that, for one reason or another, Sharp Corp. in Japan is not going to develop," said Jon Clemens, the leader of Sharp Technology Ventures. Clemens retired last year as director of Sharp Labs after getting permission from the $20 billion parent company in Osaka to form the tech venture company. "There will be many advantages to users as we license these technologies, but for me it's about the people who created them," Clemens said. "You don't join Sharp Labs to write papers; you want your technologies to get out there."


Facial recognition sucessfully identifies individual chimpanzees in the wild

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Researchers at the University of Oxford have developed artificial intelligence software able to tell the difference between individual chimpanzees in the wild. As an endangered species, keeping track of the movement, social lives and behaviour of chimpanzees is important for researchers and conservationists. Dan Schofield, researcher and DPhil student at Oxford University's Primate Models Lab, School of Anthropology explains why this is key for research: "For species like chimpanzees, which have complex social lives and live for many years, getting snapshots of their behaviour from short-term field research can only tell us so much. By harnessing the power of machine learning to unlock large video archives, it makes it feasible to measure behaviour over the long term, for example observing how the social interactions of a group change over several generations." This novel use of facial recognition saw the software trained using more than 10 million images from Kyoto University's Primate Research Institute.


Weird realistic-looking child robot can mimic facial expressions

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An eerie robot with the face of a small child can make realistic-looking facial expressions. Creepy footage shows Affetto, an android with just a head and no body mimic human expressions like smiling and frowning. The robot was made by researchers from Osaka University in Japan who say it could open the door for androids to have'deeper interactions with humans'. Affetto, who has flesh-coloured skin on its face, can mimic a range of human expressions with incredible accuracy. An eerie robot with the face of a small child can make realistic-looking facial expressions.