Scientists are designing an ‘aprobot’ that can learn just by living

British scientists are heralding a new age of robot life by unveiling a new generation of “living” robots. Called “aprobots,” these robots are a bit more mobile than your typical robot, though they are…

Scientists are designing an ‘aprobot’ that can learn just by living

British scientists are heralding a new age of robot life by unveiling a new generation of “living” robots. Called “aprobots,” these robots are a bit more mobile than your typical robot, though they are still “mindless” and “meaningless,” according to the BBC.

From the BBC:

“But now at the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IR) in Frankfurt, Germany, researchers say the machines could live on with their human companions — for example, as part of a patient’s care team.

“They will have facial expressions that appear to monitor their own emotions, their own bodies and sense the environment as they interact with people and each other.

“Previous ‘living’ robots had limbs that could recognise objects but there was no way for them to vary their movements, such as when an object was stuck in their mouth or it was moved away.

“The new robots could have wrist sensors to tell when they were squeezed by a hand, or when someone stepped on their leg or foot, or if someone tried to stick their head through the robot’s chest and tongue.”

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