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Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Boxes with Personality

 Does personality buy you something with speaking devices?   With Robots?   Maybe, sometimes, in the right environment.  Its been tried many times.   Alexa does a bit, but not enough. A stronger conversational flow, with active memory would help.  Clear value goals.  Here an automated talking box on wheels from Norway makes the claim, for in hospital systems.  

An Automated Box on Wheels—with Personality   By Norwegian SciTech News   May 17, 2021

People find boxy talking robots humorous and engaging, which may make robotic technology more acceptable in everyday life, according to new research.

Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) scientists studied robotic Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) deployed at St. Olavs Hospital in Trondheim, Norway, which were equipped with voices with a distinctive local dialect, rather than a generic Norwegian voice.

NTNU's Roger A. Soraa said, "We found that these robots, which were not created to be social robots, were actually given social qualities by the humans relating to them."

Soraa said this quality helps people accept the robots, which he described as "emissaries of technologies."   ... 

This robot transports trolleys around St. Olavs Hospital in Trondheim, Norway. When people hear it speak, they perceive it as a kind of funny animal-like creature, rather than a robot.

From Norwegian SciTech News

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