Accession Number:

ADA434150

Title:

Designing a Humanoid Robot Face to Fulfill a Social Contract

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH CAMBRIDGE ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE LAB

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2005-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

1.0

Abstract:

In building humanoid robots, we are also building in implicit expectations about the social abilities and interactions that the machine should exhibit. The morphology and aesthetic of the robot play a critical role in defining these expectations. Specifically, the robot face plays a paramount role in establishing the social competence of the machine, and in defining a social contract between the observer and the robot. We will discuss the development of a face for our robot humanoid, Cog. This endeavor poses a host of design issues, from the technical constraints created by the mechanics of the head, to considerations of the impact of the face on the social contract which the robot will establish with its audience.

Subject Categories:

  • Cybernetics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE