[ExI] Robot cats for companionship
anders at aleph.se
Sun Jan 31 19:11:04 UTC 2016
The Paro robot is amazingly hard not to pet. It does not take much to
make us humans cuddle stuff.
The real question is what it takes to construct high-level
companionship. Cuddling is a direct physical/emotional activity. Hiroshi
Ishiguro has been exploring transmitting/creating presence using his
Telenoid (plus, earlier, telepresence using a Geminoid). But doing
things like friendly chatting or sitting together may still be tricky.
I was recently in a great conversation with a scholar about the future
of relationships, where we tried to figure out how much can be predicted
about making emotional and social connections to robots. Sexbots are
hard enough, but systems that could develop good enough socioemotional
bonds are really tricky given our human uncanny valley response - yet,
as many people show, there are always some people who bond to the
On 2016-01-31 17:58, BillK wrote:
> Hasbro has announced a robot cat aimed at companionship for old folk.
> It only costs 100 USD, so it doesn't do much more than purr when
> stroked, meow and roll over occasionally.
> The next few generations should be more capable.
> (Catching mice???). :)
> The robot seal pup Paro that has already been produced for dementia
> patients costs 5,000 USD, so the cat has a lot of competitive space
> for improvements.
> Video here: (4mins).
> Review here:
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