Nao, a toddler-sized robot is “ learning how to take care if elderly patients.” Developed by married couple philosopher Susan Anderson of the University of Hartford, and her husband, computer scientist Michael Anderson of the University of Hartford, Nao is being programmed to “determine how often it should remind its charges to take their medication, when to notify an overseer and when to just let the patients enjoy some autonomy.”
“We’re trying to create an ethical robot,” explained the pair, whose work is still in its early stages.
The robot, a sleek creature with glowing eyes, represents a combination of basic ethical principles, machine learning techniques, and artificial intelligence science. It looks partly cute and partly creepy, walking in lolling steps and speaking in its mechanical voice: “It is time to take your medication.”
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