I Speak Robot

How important is it that we design robots to communicate emotions and intentions like humans? With home robots and autonomous vehicles as examples, we’ll discuss designing robot communication and how much we borrow from human qualities such as gender, voice, sounds, gestures and eye contact. And how much it even matters: some characteristics will be robot specific based on human communication but made their own – a lurch, a movement, haptic feedback, or an entirely new form of communication. Some believe robots need to be more than human to reinforce understanding, trust, loyalty, commitment. We’re building a new language: robot.

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Dr Angelica Lim

SoftBank Robotics

Dan Saffer

Saffervescence Inc

Andrea Thomaz

The University of Texas at Austin

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