What Would R2-D2 Do?

How do we get a robot to respond like it's human? Matthias Scheutz is on the case.

At the moment, our interaction with social robots is completely one-sided. These devices simply don't have the means to understand our words and gestures. That's something Associate Professor Matthias Scheutz wants to change. If we can create devices that seem more humanlike in their response to us, he reasons, they may be well suited for more complex work with people, such as tending to the basic needs of hospital patients or the elderly at home.

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