Japanese robot likes sushi, fears president

Kansei frowns when he hears the word “bomb”, smiles at “sushi” and looks scared and disgusted when someone says “president” — and he isn’t even human.

Japan’s latest robot, called Kansei and created by a university research team, can pull up to 36 different facial expressions based on a program which creates word associations from a self-updating online database of 500,000 keywords.

The English keywords then trigger the most appropriate facial expression, which ranges from happiness to sadness, anger and fear.

“What we are trying to do here is to create a flow of consciousness in robots so that they can make the relevant facial expressions,” said project leader Junichi Takeno, a professor at Meiji University’s School of Science and Technology.

Source:  Reuters

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