Engagement is a term coined in 1999 by Alan Bierman to describe the
process by which indivudals start, maintain, and end a perceived
connection to each other. Engagement involves both verbal
communications, gesture recognition, face recognition, gaze tracking,
and other phenomena. One problem with applying this concept to robotics is
that no one has really studied engagement in humans enough to fully
understand how it works. A new paper titled
Exploration of Engagement
for Humans and Robots (PDF format) takes a look at the details of
engagement in both humans and robots. The research was done by MIT's Media Lab and the Mitsubishi Electric Research Lab.
Engaging the Robot
AI Mind in Win32Forth is deceptively simple, inasmuch as all
communication between human and robot occurs initially via the
keyboard. The Forthmind has
concepts of self and of other, so that it perceives the input
word of "you" as referring to the robot and when you speak of "I" it
talks to you on-screen as "you."
If you ask the AI
robot, "do you love me" (without punctuation), it only knows the answer
if you have already told it the answer. Although an
is in preparation that would let the robot feel love and hate and other
emotions, right now the main effort here is in getting the robot to think logically and
not make spurious
a kind of Seed AI but it is
not meant to be a Friendly
AI as such, because there is no way to guarantee friendliness on
the part of an autonomous, intelligent robot. Just as human parents
could give birth to a murderous Hitler or
GWBush or Stalin, likewise there is no guarantee that your
robot might not try to take over the world. It is the duty of human
society as a whole, not of individual AI developers or robotics
hobbyists, to decide whether we humans will permit a parallel society
of robots to
emerge alongside our own society in Joint Stewardship of Earth.
This AI4U is not behaving like a community member.
Therefore, I propose that this guy be removed from the robots.net.
If you are one of the people who have certified him please remove
your certification. Or, if you're one of the people who have
certified the person who certified him, remove their certification
also. Come on guys this has gone on long enough. It's your job
to keep up with certifications and this is a perfect example to
remove certification and keep robots.net a great place to visit.
Also, it would be nice if this you would remove certifications
from persons who haven't logged on in a very long time as it
appears some of these haven't. I know it seems cruel, but he's
giving everyone a headache and something needs to be done.
Come on SB, it does seem like we are slowly training him. Is it
possible to have his posts moderated? This one was very nearly on
topic, and while the meanderings at the end weren't, they were actually
quite relevant to the "are machines evil" religion-type chats we've been
AI4U - I think you've maybe missed a trick with the engagement business.
A strictly keyboard interface has a crucial chunk missing from this.
It's impossible to distinguish between a gap in the conversation, and
someone having left the keyboard for good.
Don't you think there's a problem trying to develop true AI that has no
senses other than you as a voice in its head? Have you seen the
Metallica video for "One?" You should consider writing a web module
that would allow your "Mind" to find things out for itself, maybe even
let it post comments on blogs...
Perhaps there should be more emphasis on using mixed teams to come up
with solutions. It strikes me that this is more psychological, maybe
we should get psychologists to solve this for us and then use their
findings on our machines afterwards.