April 14, 2008

MORE BAD NEWS FOR ALL THOSE ROBOPHOBES OUT THERE:

This week, engineers, psychologists and computer scientists from across Europe will begin a major project that aims to develop the first robot personalities.

“What we’re looking at here is long-term interactions between people and robots in real situations,” said Peter McOwan of Queen Mary, University of London, coordinator of the £6.6m, EU-funded Lirec project. “The big question is: what sort of properties does a synthetic companion need to have so that you feel you want to engage in a relationship with it over an extended period of time?”

Nobody tell Matt Yglesias.

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