"Perspectives on eBrain and Cognitive Computing" from IJCINI featured for Open Access

Robots Replacing Humans? A Humanoid Could Become Your Next Best Friend

By IGI Global on Nov 26, 2013
Contributed by Ann Lupold, Discipline Manager

French company Aldebaran recently unveiled a humanoid robot companion featuring premier language-learning software developed by voice-technology company Nuance. With this software, the robot, known as “NAO”, develops its own moods and personality as it perfects its speech patterns through repetition, to “deliver a more natural and compelling experience between humans and robots.”

Robots Replacing Humans? There's A Chance A Humanoid Could Become Your Next Best Friend “NAO is here to serve one key purpose – to contribute to the well-being of humans. He listens to you, understands and derives meaning from interactions, recognizes and remembers faces, expresses and understands emotions, and reacts accordingly. Bruce Maisonnier, the founder of Aldebaran Robotics, explains that in order for this whole process to work and to elicit a truly human-like interaction, powerful conversational voice capabilities must be integrated into NAO’s core technology” (Nuance News Blog, October 29).

NAO speaks 19 languages. Marine Fabrea, Aldebaran’s head of communications told Mashable, “You can discuss with him, you can ask him to tell a story to your kids.” NAO’s personality is developed using a built-in emotional intelligence that captures the mood of the robot’s audience by detecting their speech inflections and patterns. Aldebaran sees their creation filling a variety of roles and functions. NAO is predominantly designed for use in the classroom, but the robot is also recommended to provide company for the elderly or the disabled, to serve drinks or entertain, or for simple companionship. NAO will be available for order in 2014.

The field of robotics and cognitive computing is developing at very accelerated pace. The IGI Global article “Perspectives on eBrain and Cognitive Computing”, featured in the International Journal of Cogntitive Informatics and Natural Intelligence (IJCINI), is a display of the research and studies that have contributed to the development of technologies such as those implemented in NAO’s design and development.

This paper reports a set of nine position statements presented in a panel on eBrain and Cognitive Computers. Contributed from invited panelists who are part of the world’s renowned researchers and scholars in the field of cognitive informatics and cognitive computing, this article discusses brain-like computers, abstract intelligence, cognitive mental load, and cognitive knowledge bases.

“Perspectives on eBrain and Cognitive Computing” features the contributions of the following research professionals: Yingxu Wang (University of Calgary, Canada), James A. Anderson (Brown University, USA), George Baciu (Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong), Gerhard Budin (Vienna University, Austria), D. Frank Hsu (Fordham University, USA), Mitsuru Ishizuka (University of Tokyo, Japan), Witold Kinsner (University of Manitoba, Canada), Fumio Mizoguchi (Tokyo University of Science, Japan), Toyoaki Nishida (Kyoto University, Japan), Kenji Sugawara (Chiba Institute of Technology, Japan), Shusaku Tsumoto (Shimane University, Japan) and Du Zhang (California State University-Sacramento, USA).

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