Wednesday, June 01, 2005
NASA Experimenting With Robots That Have Human Traits
One of NASA's current goals is to make robots more understandable and amenable to humans. This project will be conducted in coordination with several other leading robotics research organizations: NASA Ames; NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston; Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pa.; the Naval Research Laboratory; and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
"Our goal is not for robots to have the same 'thought process' as humans, but rather for them to act, respond and interact more 'naturally' in ways that humans do with other humans," said Illah Nourbakhsh, a scientist who leads a group developing human-robot teams at NASA Ames Research Center, located in California's Silicon Valley.
Here's a detailed article on these speaking and gesturing robots.