Domo arigato, baby roboto.
A robot baby named "Diego San" is gaining recognition online. The robot makes faces that express emotion. A video of this robot, being worked on at the UC San Diego Institute for Neural Computation, was posted to YouTube on Sunday.
The video already has 11,825 views.
YouTube notes that the robotic baby was built with funding from the National Science Foundation and serves cognitive A.I. and human-robot interaction research. Diego San's face was built by David Hanson and Hanson Robotics and was mounted on a body by Kokoro.
"With high definition cameras in the eyes, Diego San sees people, gestures, expressions, and uses A.I. modeled on human babies, to learn from people, the way that a baby hypothetically would. The facial expressions are important to establish a relationship, and communicate intuitively to people. As much a work of art as technology and science, this represents a step forward in the development of emotionally relevant robotics, building on previous work of David Hanson with the Machine Perception Lab such as the emotionally responsive Einstein shown at TED in 2009."
What do you think? Creepy or not?