- Title: "Socially aware robot" captures WEF participants
- Date: 19th January 2017
- Summary: DAVOS, SWITZERLAND (JANUARY 19, 2017) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF BOOTH AT WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM (WEF) HOUSING "SARA," A "SOCIALLY-AWARE ROBOT ASSISTANT " VARIOUS OF YOICHI MATSUYAMA, HUMAN-COMPUTER INTERACTION INSTITUTE AT CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY, SITTING DOWN AND SPEAKING TO ROBOT MONITORS OUTSIDE BOOTH SHOWING MATSUYAMA SEATED SIGN READING "MEET SARA" (SOUNDBITE) (English) HUMAN-COMPUTER INTERACTION INSTITUTE AT CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY, YOICHI MATSUYAMA, SAYING: "Social awareness could be anywhere. So we believe that SARA is a platform, or we are calling it social infrastructure. So trust, or in other words rapport, which is closeness between two, social bond, is a social infrastructure." LOUDSPEAKERS VARIOUS OF MATSUYAMA ON MONITOR (SOUNDBITE) (English) HUMAN-COMPUTER INTERACTION INSTITUTE AT CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY, YOICHI MATSUYAMA, SAYING: "So she captures your facial expression, including smile, eye gaze and head nod and also, she can capture intonation and audio features. And then also we do have speech recognition to understand what you said. And then gathering it together to understand the social intention." ROBOT TAKING PICTURE OF MATSUYAMA (SOUNDBITE) (English) HUMAN-COMPUTER INTERACTION INSTITUTE AT CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY, YOICHI MATSUYAMA, SAYING: "The team members, including language technologists, human computer interactions, machine learning and also animators, a lot of background, researchers. It's a very diverse team."
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- Keywords: WEF Davos robot sara computer research USA
- Location: DAVOS, SWITZERLAND
- City: DAVOS, SWITZERLAND
- Country: Switzerland
- Topics: Information Technologies / Computer Sciences,Science
- Reuters ID: LVA0015ZQZL95
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- Story Text: A robot which interacts with humans with the help of cameras and voice recognition was prominently displayed at the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Thursday (January 19).
Members of Pittsburgh's Carnegie Mellon University's Human-Computer Interaction Institute developed "SARA," a "Socially-Aware Robot Assistant " which interacts with participants at the Forum, an example of artificial intelligence one WEF participant predicted will spread across the world.
SARA "captures your facial expression, including smile, eye gaze and head nod and also, she can capture intonation and audio features," said Yoichi Matsuyama, a postdoctoral fellow at Carnegie Mellon University who was in Davos to introduce the robot to WEF participants.
Among them was South Africa's Minister of Economic Development, Ebrahim Patel, who said "I was speaking to a robot and it could detect my sense of emotion: anger, smiling, frowning."
"What this really is about, the serious issue behind this is the application of artificial intelligence to so many social jobs that we had historically thought are intrinsically to be performed by human beings."
Patel said "we are going to see in future that these technologies will defuse across the world. The challenge for governments will be to think through the social policies that make this a good experience for human beings, to take human beings out of much of the drudgery and repetitiveness of work and release human beings to focus on creative things."
SARA was previously shown at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting of the New Champions in 2016 in Tianjin, China.
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