Westworld-style emotional robot servants with virtual nervous systems will ‘be in our homes’ within TEN years

[Note:  This item comes from friend Mike Cheponis.  DLH]

Westworld-style emotional robot servants with virtual nervous systems will ‘be in our homes’ within TEN years
Robots that think and feel just like us could arrive a lot sooner than expected according to top computer whizz
By Margi Murphy
May 22 2017
https://www.thesun.co.uk/tech/3621637/westworld-style-emotional-robot-servants-with-virtual-nervous-systems-will-be-in-our-homes-within-ten-years/

ROBOTS that think and feel emotions like humans will enter our homes in as little as ten years.

That’s according to Dr Mark Sagar, who is the chief executive of Soul Machines, a New Zealand-based company that develops intelligent and responsive avatars.

Sagar, an artificial intelligence programmer, creates incredibly realistic virtual humans which can respond to questions and learn from experience.

The avatars blink and communicate exactly like we do.

But they are powered by a virtual neural network which helps them learn social cues and spot patterns in order to answer questions.

This includes Baby X – a virtual infant which can learn through experience and appears to “feel” emotions.

It can see through the computer’s camera and hear through the microphone.

There’s also a virtual assistant called Nadia, whose voice might be more recognisable coming from the mouth of Hollywood actress Cate Blanchett.

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