Friendly robot uses Facebook to interact with you
It’s not every day that a robot asks you to be its friend on Facebook. But now a new system developed by Nuno Gato and colleagues at Robosavvy in London allows a humanoid robot to interact with you by accessing your social network profile.
In this demo, a New Scientist reporter meets the robot, called Savvybot, for the first time. Once she accepts its friend request, it uses an online face recognition service to match her appearance to her profile. It then identifies her by name when they look at each other, asking if they can take a photo together and getting her to pose for a webcam. The robot also scans her music interests and dances to a video of one of the bands listed.
Although Savvybot doesn’t use sophisticated artificial intelligence, it’s able to seem smart by using web services and mining online data. The team hopes to develop its voice recognition capabilities to allow it to tell interactive stories that incorporate a person’s answers into the plot.