Pisa University students have developed a new technology that allows robots to show human-like emotion.
It’s called FACE, or Facial Automation for Conveying Emotions. Powered by 32 motors installed in a robotic head, the technology can currently force a robot to express six emotions with amazing accuracy, including fear, amazement, disgust and sadness.
This is a huge leap forward in the robotics industry. According to Reuters’ Jim Drury, it “brings us closer to what [the scientists] call the ‘uncanny valley’ – the point at which an android looks almost realistic enough to pass for a human, but robotic enough to provoke revulsion in human observers.”
It also means that our robot housekeepers of the future will be able to show real anger when you track mud on the carpet.