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Designing Sociable Robots : Intelligent Robotics and Autonomous Agents - Cynthia L. Breazeal

Designing Sociable Robots

Intelligent Robotics and Autonomous Agents

Paperback Published: 20th August 2004
ISBN: 9780262524315
Number Of Pages: 282
For Ages: 18+ years old

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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.

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"Magisterial." - Peter Skinner, Foreword; "Dr. Cynthia Breazeal of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is famous for her robots, not just because they are programmed to perform specific acts, but because they seem to have emotional as well as physical reactions to the world around them.... Dr. Breazeal [writes] about her adventures as a modern-day Mary Shelley in her book Designing Sociable Robots." - Claudia Dreifus, the New York Times

Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Sourcesp. xvii
The Vision of Sociable Robotsp. 1
Robot in Society: A Question of Interfacep. 15
Insights from Developmental Psychologyp. 27
Designing Sociable Robotsp. 39
The Physical Robotp. 51
The Vision Systemp. 61
The Auditory Systemp. 81
The Motivation Systemp. 105
The Behavior Systemp. 127
Facial Animation and Expressionp. 157
Expressive Vocalization Systemp. 185
Social Constraints on Animate Visionp. 211
Grand Challenges of Building Sociable Robotsp. 229
Referencesp. 243
Indexp. 253
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ISBN: 9780262524315
ISBN-10: 0262524317
Series: Intelligent Robotics and Autonomous Agents
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 282
Published: 20th August 2004
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 17.15  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.54