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Robot Can Read Human Body Language 114

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the we-are-the-robots dept.
An anonymous reader writes "European researchers have developed a new approach to artificial intelligence that could allow computers to respond to behavior as well as commands, reacting intelligently to the subtle nuances of human communication. It's no trivial feat – many humans struggle with the challenge on a day-to-day basis."
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Robot Can Read Human Body Language

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  • Cool (Score:5, Funny)

    by rodrigoandrade (713371) on Thursday December 10, 2009 @11:36AM (#30389546)
    I'm sure this bot will pick up more chicks than your average slashdotter!!
    • Re:Cool (Score:5, Funny)

      by Korin43 (881732) on Thursday December 10, 2009 @12:21PM (#30390478) Homepage
      Didn't you read the summary? It can understand body language. This robot is obviously female.
      • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

        by nangus (1026732)

        Didn't you read the summary? It can understand body language. This robot is obviously female.

        How does this negate the parent?

      • I’d hit that!

        What? It’s better than reading Slashdot!

      • That just makes it worse...

        Lesbian robots pick up more chicks than your average slashdotter.

        • How is that worse? Are you a closet homophobe?

          • Nah. I like lesbians as much as the next guy.

            It’s worse because you’d think their choices would be more limited... to only lesbians who liked robots, and not even robots of the nice vibrating male variety.

  • I always suspected Tim Roth was a robot, but now I have proof!

    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      So the next episode of 'Lie To Me' is Cal Lightman vs a Robot? Outstanding!

      'Lie To Me' is an excellent show by the way. Highly recommended.
  • Idea (Score:2, Interesting)

    When this is eventually better developed and more accurate, this could be a boon for parents/caregivers of the autistic.
    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by d34dluk3 (1659991)
      Or we could replace the autistic kids with socially aware robots :P
      • You forgot the correlation between Autistic and Geek Hacker!

        Also expect to hear "I believe you'll repay me but my Bioware Implant Chip reading your body language sez you're full of Archeopteryx shit."

  • Robots (Score:4, Funny)

    by qoncept (599709) on Thursday December 10, 2009 @11:43AM (#30389698) Homepage

    many humans struggle with the challenge on a day-to-day basis

    I bet one or two of them are reading this right now.

  • I am Robotron Y76P-X12, your new protocol robot. I am capable of detecting your very needs before you even verbally express them. I can tell by your shy appearance and baggy pants that your reproductive organs make you feel insecure. Would you like a free trial of Vimax?

  • by Lord Lode (1290856) on Thursday December 10, 2009 @11:49AM (#30389820)
    -Would you like to clean up your desktop icons now? -NO! -Are you sure you want to change the extension of this file? -YES! -Your body language shows you're getting nervous. Would you like to play some Patience now? -NO! AAAAARGH!
  • Hmm.. (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Kc_spot (1677970)
    What I'm getting with this is George Orwell's 1984... 'cept with computers spotting the revolutionists
  • Politics (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Krneki (1192201) on Thursday December 10, 2009 @11:54AM (#30389938)
    Let's see how good can this robot read a politician.

    If it is any good it will get banned in seconds. :)
  • "It's no trivial feat – many on Slashdot struggle with the challenge on a day-to-day basis"
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 10, 2009 @11:57AM (#30390016)

    Robot: "I won't do the dishes until you calm down."
    Me: "I *am* calm."
    Robot: "That is not what your body is telling me."
    Me: !!!!!!

  • I swear, I was just trying to read your body language!
    • by 2obvious4u (871996) on Thursday December 10, 2009 @12:04PM (#30390132)
      I read body language in Brail.
      • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

        by Krneki (1192201)
        <quote>I read body language in Brail.</quote>

        Got to remember this next time I chat with a nice girl.
  • Or humans doing "The Robot" [youtube.com]? Just sayin'....
  • This kind of system, along with things that react to facial expressions, eye movement or brain activity are cool and everything, but what kind of usability gains are we going to get here? Is it really an advantage to have your computer know you're pissed, for example, or sad? Oh yeah, we can get a google-ads type response to your mood; "Looks like you're crying - click here to FedEx Kleenex," or maybe alert security that you've become enraged in your cubicle and are an imminent threat to your coworkers and

  • Region 1 only? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Itninja (937614) on Thursday December 10, 2009 @12:07PM (#30390178) Homepage
    Would not the AI need to be hard-coded with said 'nuances'? Body language is not exactly universal. For example, in the USA, looking in the eyes of the person your are speaking with carries a message of honesty and sincerity. But in the some countries, that same body language carries a message of defiance and disrespect. Most humans can pick up on the difference right away based on autonomic sampling of their surroundings. But I doubt the AI will be able to do that.
    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by hitmark (640295)

      err, thats the basic description of pattern recognition, observe and locate patterns...

      • by Itninja (937614)
        From what i understand the patterns the AI will be seeing are localized to the person. The only posteriori knowledge the AI will have is what it was given during programming; which will be likely only be from the home country of the programmer(s).
  • So basement dwelling scientists developed what body language is considered interpretable? Great, a whole legion of robots that interpret licking the Cheetos crust off your fingers before your code compiles as the universal signature of an Alpha male.
  • Bad Summary (Score:3, Funny)

    by 14erCleaner (745600) <FourteenerCleaner@yahoo.com> on Thursday December 10, 2009 @12:12PM (#30390304) Homepage Journal
    The robot's achievement is being able to pick out who's talking in a noisy room (combining input from two senses), not reading emotions.

    I guess slashdot submitters aren't that good at reading "article language".

  • so that I can follow it?
  • "European researchers have developed a new approach to artificial intelligence that could let computers to respond to behaviour as well as commands, reacting intelligently to the subtle nuances of human communication. It's no trivial feat - many humans struggle with the challenge on a day-to-day basis"

    Computers can do math better than me, read body language better than me, and the bots can play games better than me. Looks like my only remaining advantage is a greater efficiency at turning fluid grains into pee. :(

  • You just CANNOT have geeky programmer types figure out human body language well enough to create a set of working rules to program into a robot! Why? Well let's see, most geeky programmer types (myself included) already have a certain social awkwardness and trouble recognizing/reacting to human social quirks as it is, for the main reason that they generally don't associate as often with non-geeky people. Now, I'm not saying this is always true of course, but I think it's at least generally the case, and
    • by McDozer (1460341)
      You do realize there are people who work in robotics and computer science who are not 'geeky' programmer types. There are a number of psychology professionals who work in and with people in the field. I would think these kind of people would be the ones developing the algorithms for the body language recognition, not the aforementioned 'geeky' programmer types. You can convey the idea and algorithms to the programmer and have him code it if you do not do that kind of thing. There are many psychology pro
  • My question is, would it be a good idea to let an AI understand more about us than we do? Assuming it can even be done, given our lack of understanding about ourselves. What if we squint our eyes, move our eyebrows, or make a hand gesture without knowing it, and without understanding fully what our subconscious means by it? Should an AI be allowed to know exactly what were are feeling and thinking, and then act upon it?

    While this could be very useful, for example a personal AI telling us that we should tak
  • oblig xkcd (Score:2, Funny)

    by elFisico (877213)
  • I hope they put these in elementary and high schools now, use them to teach a new generation of Asperger nerds how to do it, so we can further infect the gene pool and avoid the need for any more Revenge of the Nerds movies?

  • The Project Natal tech demo for Milo [youtube.com] demonstrates a robot that can read human emotion. As far as I can tell, this is a real demo where the Milo AI thing reacts to the emotions on the girl's face and responds accordingly.
  • 00 HOSTILE!
    01 KILL!
    02 GOTO 00

  • by Whiteox (919863)

    Yeah. The lady on my GPS told me that I'm a dickhead!
    What gives?

  • How is this news? Clippy recognized ALL my gestures back in 1998.

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