Phones learn to talk and can influence the human relationships of the future
Temi, Dana, Robelf, Pepper, Bixby and Alexa are present in the edition of the Mobile World Congress being held this week in Barcelona. Their names appear on a person but do not have a soul. They take different forms, all of them with any feature structure. Are virtual assistants who, thanks to artificial intelligence algorithms, are intended to make life easier coming up where not it reaches our intellect. Can do functions of steward, secretary, coach and even dietitian. Mobile devices no longer serve just to talk with others. We can now also converse with them. Some experts maintain that the reasoning growing out of the machines may influence the evolution of the relationships between people within a few years.
The mobile phones no longer are used only for speaking with others, we can also talk with the device
Its design makes you think of the way a vacuum when you have hooked a tablet at the top. It is your head, but it has no face. Yossi Wolf is the creator of theTheme, a domestic robot with a physiology that does not want to seem human to take away all the trait “emotional” and focus on what is functional. Nor does it have hands. However, speaks, walks, and follows the gaze of their owners. It is also able to learn progressively details such as the tone of voice of the interlocutor is human to improve the understanding of the phrases. The butler Temi, that you will be able to buy this year in the United States and China by $ 1,500, bases its technology on the artificial intelligence of Google combined with a system that allows the machine to move with military precision. Wolf was a part during fifteen years of Roboteam, the company that has worked for the Pentagon.
See what happens in the home remotely through an application using the eyes of the robot, turn on or turn off the lights, telling a story to the little ones, ask for the news or do you play a particular style of music are some of the features of these automaton. “Promise to get rid of some tasks, but bind us in another way”, muses the sociologist of the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) Francesc Núñez. According to him, the artificial intelligence brings the risk that “relationships with robots to make up for deficiencies of people” that may prefer the robots to be “less demanding and predictable”. However, Nunez acknowledged that some of the functionality of the virtual assistants “make you more powerful”.
The director of ForceManager, Oscar Macia, it is clear that the robots do not replace humans. It welcomes, however, that people can have virtual assistants in a society with “so much information that it is impossible to process”. Macia is the driving force behind Dana, a virtual assistant in the form of app led the commercial teams of the companies. The Spanish company has 600 customers around the globe. Programmed using neural networks simulated, and with the support of IBM, the female character is able to converse with the workers while driving and head out to visit a client. What was said at the last meeting or how much money it may imply the operation to come are some of the details that Dana makes it easy to increase productivity.
“It is not essential for the human”. So Weichen Luo justifies the small price of Robelf a robot that will be announced at the booth of Taiwan Excellence. In June you can buy for $ 700 in Taiwan, China and the United States. It is cheaper than some mobile phones, with the “humans can’t live without”, according to Luo, which displays the capabilities of a robot with face-mannered that reminds the typical smiley yellow. “When my daughter comes home, tell a story and, when you see my brother, tell him that you have an Apple in the fridge”, are some of the orders that Robelf is able to understand and run thanks to their sensors.
Bixby is the wizard of the new Samsung S9. If you show a plate of food through the camera, is able to tell how many calories it contains. You also learn creating a base of global knowledge to improve the predictions. Understand the language of the people, like Alexa, the popular wizard of Amazon during the MWC has made disyóquei at an event in Barcelona. Responsible for technology of Samsung Spain, Ángel Pascual, account that the processor of the new device is designed specifically to run learning algorithms with neural networks. It is about procedures that are already available for years on paper but now can be implemented in features specific thanks to the fact that each time the processors go faster.
The robot Pepper, which specialises in customer care, has many clones across the world: around 10,000. In Spain, this automaton of the company Softbank is on tour in the supermarkets of Carrefour recommending pairings of wine and food. Last week it was installed at the Munich airport, where it provides information to passengers about flights and is able to perform operations such as a change of seat. The ESADE business school has chosen this robot with a few gestures, very human, to do a pilot test in which he acts as assistant professor.
Pepper can understand whether the partner in front of you is happy or sad according to the gestures of your face and perform an action depending on this factor. The sociologist Francesc Núñez ensures however that, for a very smart look, which will not have «never» these automata is «treatment that is empathetic». At this point of the conversation highlights the paradox «of a human eye of the people towards these tools, and a treatment of the human [between them] as products, disposable items». With the marriage of Twitter and television is talked about the mobile as the second screen. Now is also the second brain. The second heart is pending.