Designing Sociable Robots

Designing Sociable Robots

by Cynthia Breazeal
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MIT Press
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Designing Sociable Robots

Cynthia Breazeal here presents her vision of the sociable robot of the future, a synthetic creature and not merely a sophisticated tool. A sociable robot will be able to understand us, to communicate and interact with us, to learn from us and grow with us. It will be socially intelligent in a humanlike way. Eventually sociable robots will assist us in our daily lives, as collaborators and companions. Because the most successful sociable robots will share our social characteristics, the effort to make sociable robots is also a means for exploring human social intelligence and even what it means to be human.

Breazeal defines the key components of social intelligence for these machines and offers a framework and set of design issues for their realization. Much of the book focuses on a nascent sociable robot she designed named Kismet. Breazeal offers a concrete implementation for Kismet, incorporating insights from the scientific study of animals and people, as well as from artistic disciplines such as classical animation. This blending of science, engineering, and art creates a lifelike quality that encourages people to treat Kismet as a social creature rather than just a machine. The book includes a CD-ROM that shows Kismet in action.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780262524315
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 09/01/2004
Series: Intelligent Robotics and Autonomous Agents series
Pages: 282
Product dimensions: (w) x (h) x 0.68(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

Table of Contents

1The Vision of Sociable Robots1
2Robot in Society: A Question of Interface15
3Insights from Developmental Psychology27
4Designing Sociable Robots39
5The Physical Robot51
6The Vision System61
7The Auditory System81
8The Motivation System105
9The Behavior System127
10Facial Animation and Expression157
11Expressive Vocalization System185
12Social Constraints on Animate Vision211
13Grand Challenges of Building Sociable Robots229

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