Internet robot chat for adults
A talking robot which chats to elderly people, reminding them to take their medication and stay active, has been launched in London. Q, which is one of the most advanced social companion robots in the world, has been designed to convey emotion through different speech tones, lights and body language to be as engaging as possible.
The little robot suggests activities such as reading, going for a walk, playing games to keep mentally active or phoning friends and family. Q could never replace human interaction, but it can be an important motivating factor in keeping older adults healthy and active when living alone.
He believes the realism of his software will differentiate it from cruder adult chatbots already available online. When Levy published Love and Sex with Robots, the culmination of his years of research into android-human relationships, many thought he was positing machines as a stand-in for human relationships. He said: "I get asked, why is it better to have sex with a robot than with a human?
The idea of chatbots in customer service is not new, with BMW recently building an AI-powered bot for 24-hour help online.
Levy claims his chatbot software is the most realistic on the market, though he won’t go into technical detail for commercial reasons.
He said: "We will have a dialogue history whereby our chatbots will remember all of your conversations and details, so when it talks to you again, it will know what it has said in the past.
Take Siri, Apple’s smart personal assistant on i Phone.
Not only have users expressed a strong preference for whether its voice is male or female, but some felt the need to produce lengthy Reddit elegies for older versions that disappear after i OS updates.