[ExI] Social Companion Robots
pharos at gmail.com
Sun Dec 11 11:19:10 UTC 2022
On Sun, 11 Dec 2022 at 05:52, spike jones via extropy-chat
<extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:
> Mike I read your post word for word twice but didn’t see a single thing in there I would consider the least bit dystopian. Do elaborate if you intended something of that sort, for I missed it twice. It is good stuff: helpful and optimistic.
> Regarding your comments on grandma not being too bothered by the “what am I talking to” question, your notion about using the bot as a stand-in for a phone is a marvelous idea. That has my wheels turning. There aughta be some way of making that happen.
> In any case: OK, sure there will be some elderly not-all-theres who will be fooled but you are right: I might be overly obsessing on that. This is one of those things I have been thinking about since my teens, working in a facility for the… not just elderly but specifically senile. They were kept in a separate area from the other patients. I have thought for over 40 years there should be some way to interact with these patients and make their final years more comfortable.
> OpenAI is a great leap forward I perceive.
Search for social companion robots. There are many already available
and much development work is ongoing. Many include communication or
The current models are not yet perfect. Understanding human queries
can be difficult. Social robots need to be easy to operate. Too many tech
problems still may occur.
But the future progress is optimistic.
A social robot may be remotely controlled, perhaps serving as a
telepresence representative at a business meeting or in the home or as
a companion in a healthcare facility. Other social robots are
autonomous systems with local AI that allows them to interact
independently in response to cues from people and things in their
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