Columbia engineers have created a robot that learns to visually predict how its partner robot will behave, displaying “a glimmer of empathy”. This “Robot Theory of Mind” could help robots get along with other robots – and humans – more intuitively, say the researchers. (See video below.)
Like a longtime couple who can predict each other’s every move, a Columbia Engineering robot has learned to predict its partner robot’s future actions and goals based on just a few initial video frames.
When two primates are cooped up together for a long time, we quickly learn to predict the near-term actions of our roommates, co-workers or family members. Our ability to anticipate the actions of others makes it easier for us to successfully live and work together. [Read more…] about Robot displays ‘glimmer of empathy’ to a partner robot