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Humans Can Now Scold a Robot With Their Minds

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Humans have finally developed a way to communicate their displeasure with robots without kicking them.

Researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, with Boston University, developed a feedback system for humans to mentally change a robot’s actions by simply watching and wordlessly judging.

A robot called “Baxter,” from Rethink Robotics, set out to organize paint and wires into appropriately-labeled bins. The robot knows it’s on the correct track by picking up on these faint blips of “Oh, that’s not right” brain waves. The researchers are hoping this technology will spur new methods for humans and robots to have conversations in more than just binary yes-or-no ways. In the not-too-distant future, crews of robotic factory workers could be managed with telekinetic-like control from a human supervisor.

Once the robots start talking back, will they ask us to lay off the kicking?


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