Robots Helping People Helping Robots....By Biever, Celeste; New Scientist, Vol. 193, No. 2591, p. 26
Publication Date: February 2007
Article discusses research conducted at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab in Boston, Massachusetts, in which robots were used as a communication intervention for people with autism. One of the researchers contends that machines are, in essence, autistic in that they have an inability to empathize, interpret facial expressions, and generalize from one situation to another. The same researcher developed a prototype called StartleCam, which is a wearable video camera that saves footage only when the skin conductance of the user suggests excitement. Tools such as the StartleCam that provide people with autism with a “printout” of other’s emotions can serve as useful aids to interaction.
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