Facebook wants & # 39; emotional & # 39; send robots to explore the world on tank-like numbers and scan people's faces to help & # 39; make friends & # 39;
- European patent applications reveal a broad concept for & # 39; emotionally sensitive & # 39; robots
- They identify faces and emotional states and enable users to talk to people
- The robots can be driven on wheels or even designed for swimming or flying
- However, the patent does not guarantee that Facebook will implement this idea
Facebook is considering using & # 39; emotionally sensitive & # 39; build robots that can explore the world, identify objects and people, and enable users to make friends remotely.
Integrated sensors would allow the robots to recognize people, assess their emotional state and listen to what they say, a patent application revealed.
At the same time, the robot can display images, videos & talk to people – allowing users to meet and make new friends remotely.
However, it is not known whether Facebook will continue the patent application and make the rough robot designs a reality.
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Facebook is considering using & # 39; emotionally sensitive & # 39; build robots (pictured, in this rough outline of the patent filed by the social media firm) that can explore the world, identify objects and people, and allow users to make friends remotely
WHAT CAN FACEBOOK & # 39; S SOCIAL ROBOTS DO FOR US?
According to their patent, Facebook is considering building social robots with the following characteristics:
Cameras to detect faces and interpret emotional states.
A screen to display images – such as, perhaps, a live stream of the user.
Microphones to listen to sounds and to hear speech, as well as speakers to make the robot or the user talk.
Wheels or treads to move around.
The concept for the social robots was set out in a European patent Filed by the social media firm on May 16, 2019.
Each machine, approximately the length of an adult, would be equipped with cameras and other sensors.
This allows them to scan and interpret the faces and body language of people they encounter to their & # 39;probably emotional state & # 39 ;.
Speakers and microphones pay attention to & # 39; sounds being transmitted & # 39 ;, allowing the robots to talk to people or hear the sound of someone calling.
If integrated into Facebook's social media platform, members could potentially use such robots as proxies for real-world exploration and interactions with people.
The robot can display images to the people it encounters, using the display that is placed on top.
The screen can be used to display static images, or perhaps a live video feed from the user's face, just like a telepresence bot.
The design proposal suggests that the robots would be able to perform various tasks, autonomously or remotely controlled from another device.
For example, GPS systems on board can help the robot to determine the location, while the sensors can help them identify, navigate to, and photograph objects or people of interest.
The robot's screen can be used to display static images, or perhaps a live video feed of the user's face, just like a telepresence bot (pictured, stock image)
The robots would be equipped with wheels or tank-shaped tracks so that they could roam around their environment.
As an alternative, such robots can be equipped with propulsion systems that allow them to move underwater, fly through the air or float in space, says Facebook in their patent.
Facebook does not have many official announcements about plans for such a social robot design.
Facebook says the patent is not necessarily & # 39; an indication of future plans & # 39; is.
As with any patent filing company, there is no guarantee that Facebook will ever move to actually build technology based on the concept.
However, Facebook is known to be working in collaboration with New York University on artificial robot systems with artificial intelligence.
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