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Friday, July 25, 2014

The National Science Foundation has committed $10 million to build robots that will act as "personal trainers" for children, in an effort to influence their behavior and eating habits. The government has spent $2.15 million so far for the five-year project, which is being led by Yale University. The project, "Robots Helping Kids," will ultimately "deploy" robots into homes and schools to teach English as a second language, and encourage kids to exercise.


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The project will develop a "new breed of sophisticated 'socially assistive' robots," designed to help children "learn to read, appreciate physical fitness, overcome cognitive disabilities, and perform physical exercises," according to a news release by Yale University when the grant was first announced in 2012.

"Just like a good personal trainer, we want the robots to be able to guide the child toward a behavior that we desire," said Brian Scassellati, a computer science professor at Yale and principal investigator for the study.


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More misreported trash from FOX via the Washington Free Beacon.

What a pack of -----.


#1 | Posted by Dave at 2014-07-25 10:14 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

It's fun to freak out about this, and any other story involving robots, but this not much different than teaching kids with Jumpstart software.

#3 | Posted by rcade at 2014-07-25 12:02 PM | Reply | Flag:

I think this story is WAY less about robots than it is about needing robots to do a parent's job.

#4 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2014-07-25 12:42 PM | Reply | Flag:

4: Um, yeah.

And if this stuff is true, well, Asimov had some good ideas about robots... Even Data knew the Laws.

#5 | Posted by pragmatist at 2014-07-25 02:08 PM | Reply | Flag:

We do I have a feeling the Maid will look like this?


Of course y'all are required to warn me when they look like this:


#6 | Posted by Tor at 2014-07-25 10:42 PM | Reply | Flag:

"Come with me if you want to live..."


#7 | Posted by Harry_Powell at 2014-07-25 11:39 PM | Reply | Flag:

" Asimov had some good ideas about robots... "


You should read his book on physics.

#8 | Posted by Harry_Powell at 2014-07-25 11:40 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

I'm hoping things keep improving and I look forward to technology helping with assisted living and keeping folks at home longer as they age.

This has been going around: JIBO $500.
Some promising MIT technology, facial recognition, etc. Potential nice integration with the internet of things.

#9 | Posted by YAV at 2014-07-25 11:57 PM | Reply | Flag:

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