Google Files Patent For Robot Personality Development


Can I just say now, I embrace our robot overloads and bow down to their superiority?  Ok, it’s not just random people running into Google I/O that worry about a world full of robots. Stephen Hawking and other great minds have attempted to instigate a societal conversation about the ominous future containing automatons. Google whilst owning some of the biggest players in robots have now patented a robot with a personality.

Google has been awarded a patent for ‘methods and systems for robot personality development’ so it’s not an actual product –phew. They have been working on free thinking artificial intelligence for a while. Since purchasing Deep Mind –who was one of the big players in producing artificial intelligence they have been able to showcase software that can learn video games. So this procedure of learning a personality based on data it can gain from an individual comes as very little surprise.

“ A robot may access a user device to determine or identify information about a user, and the robot may be configured to tailor a personality for interaction with the user based on the identified information” – Google patent 13/460,131

In something eerily similar to iRobot, the patent also discusses systems which a ‘personality’ could be downloaded, cloned or distributed. So a cloud based system could “provide states or moods representing transitory conditions of happiness, fear, surprise, perplexion, thoughtfulness, derision and so forth.” Once a system has learnt emotional reactions and a ‘personality’ you could save and distribute this to others.

Who could say no to that face? Image Courtesy of DailyMail

Who could say no to that face?
Image Courtesy of DailyMail

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They discuss: “In this manner, a user may travel to another city, and download within a robot in that city (another “skin”) the personality and state matching the user’s “home location” robot. The robot personality thereby becomes transportable or transferable.” So the long held future image of personal robots may not be what Google envisions. A user would be able to travel around, use any automaton they wish and simply download their saved personality onto it.

It’s important to remember this doesn’t relate to a product at all, and is likely just Google future proofing itself for the time when it does come up with a commercial product. The introduction of automatons is almost inevitable, but it’s not here – yet.

  Source: US Patent Office
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