Humans are the most emotionally and socially advanced species on the planet. First-generation home robots, however, are task-based robots that don't engage with people. Social robots that can read and understand human emotions, and display their own emotions, have been in development in research labs for some time, but they're just now starting to make their way into homes.
This session with explore the technologies powering social robots and emotional artificial intelligence. Social robots that understand and deliver human-like emotions are sophisticated machines, so we'll explore the challenges involved and the benefits of building robots that are more natural to interact with. The session will also include a live demo of Affectiva's emotional AI engine on the Jibo social robot.