Google is developing robots that have individual personalities.
"A robot may access a user device to determine or identify information about a user, and the robot may be configured to tailor a personality for interaction with the user based on the identified information," according to a Google patent application, first filed in April 2012 and accepted last week.
These personable robots would be designed to identify different people, using speech and facial recognition, and then configure their personality to suit the user. "In some examples, a robot's personality or personalization can be transferred from one robot to another robot, or information stored on one robot can be shared with another robot over the cloud," the application says.
The goal of developing robots with personalities is to have them better interact with people in elder care, child care, or hospital settings. "I believe that when done right, a robot with a personality will make humans more comfortable with them," says Moor Insights & Strategy analyst Patrick Moorhead.
ZK Research analyst Zeus Kerravala says Google's research into changeable personalities is interesting. "You want your robot to be customizable," Kerravala says. "...This is moving robots more toward personal usage."
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