He Laughs, Learns, Is Friendly and Helpful…Oh and He’s A Robot! Meet Jibo

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Think Disney’s Pixar Wall-E’s girlfriend come to life and voila you have JIBO, “The Worlds First Family Robot”. Created by social robotics pioneer Dr. Cynthia Breazeal JIBO with its round curves, a black screen for a “face,” and smooth swiveling movements JIBO looks like something Apple would have created in 2187 or sooner.

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And although He is a robot, JIBO “is able to see, hear, speak, learn, and help families with a variety of tasks around the house. It—he?—can “relate” by expressing itself in natural language, using “social and emotive cues so you understand each other better.””

Using your smartphone and it’s “brain” JIBO can perform a number of functions, tell children’s stories, snap family photos using face recognition, essentially handle communications that you would normally use a phone for and based on the funds raised JIBO may even be able to keep an eye on your home and family while you’re away.

Backed by $5.59 million in venture funding from investors that include Charles River Ventures, Fairhaven Capital Partners, Osage University Partners, and angel backers, the public seems ready for the first ever social robot. A crowd funding campaign raised nearly $2-million, surpassing the $100,000 goal.

For those against robots feeling that developers are trying to replace human interactions Breazeals says, “Jibo is about empowerment and helping people do what they want to do and what they need to do,” she says. “Its not about replacing people.”

Humanizing artificial intelligence, sounds spiffy for what it is an advancement in technology and the power of the human mind. However, people need to remain more present in their day to day lives and handle what needs to get done rather than this growing desire to rely more and more on technology to make it “easier” predicting their needs and wants, etc.

Source via: Fortune.com | Wired.com



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