Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Sign in | Create Account

Kismet

"Hello, Kismet," said Cynthia Breazeal in a sing-song voice. Leaning closer to the object of her attention, she asked, "Are you going to talk to me?" This exchange would be familiar to any parent, but Kismet is not a child. It's a robotic head that is able to interact with humans in a human-like way through myriad facial expressions, head positions, and tones of voice. "The goal is to build a socially intelligent machine that learns things as we learn them, through social interactions," said Dr. Breazeal, a postdoctoral associate at MIT's Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and leader of the Kismet team.

Building a sociable machine, she believes, is also key to building a smarter machine. Most current robots are programmed to be very good at a specific task, such as navigating a room, but they can't do much more. "Can we build a much more open-ended learning system?" Dr. Breazeal asks. "I'm building a robot that can use the social structure that people already use to help each other learn. If we can build a robot that can tap into that system, then we might not have to program every piece of its behavior."

Comments (2)

for father

Posted over 5 years by Anonymous User

WOW, a robot that interacts with human. Now that revolutionary…

Posted over 5 years by Anonymous User

You need to log in, in order to post comments. If you don’t have an account yet, sign up now!

MIT Video Productions

MIT Video Productions

Category: Education | Updated 7 months ago

Created
April 23, 2007 14:06
Category
Tags
License
All Rights Reserved (What is this?)
Additional Files


Viewed
24030 times

More from MIT Video Productions

MIT economist Peter Diamond wins Nobel Prize

MIT economist Peter Diamond wins No...

Added over 3 years ago | 00:27:38 | 7524 views

Ethanol boosted gasoline engine

Ethanol boosted gasoline engine

Added almost 7 years ago | 00:02:27 | 24393 views

Waterproof Everything

Waterproof Everything

Added over 6 years ago | 00:03:13 | 15468 views

6.004 - Computation Structures - Lecture 24

6.004 - Computation Structures - Le...

Added almost 2 years ago | 00:52:07 | 1734 views

Doing Anthropology

Doing Anthropology

Added 6 years ago | 00:08:14 | 80873 views

Videorealistic Speech Animation

Videorealistic Speech Animation

Added 6 years ago | 00:04:15 | 16488 views