Accession Number:

ADA434754

Title:

Theory of Mind for a Humanoid Robot

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH CAMBRIDGE ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE LAB

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2000-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

12.0

Abstract:

If we are to build human-like robots that can interact naturally with people, our robots must know not only about the properties of objects but also the properties of animate agents in the world. One of the fundamental social skills for humans is the attribution of beliefs, goals, and desires to other people. This set of skills has often been called a theory of mind. This paper presents the theories of Leslie and Baron-Cohen on the development of theory of mind in human children and discusses the potential application of both of these theories to building robots with similar capabilities. Initial implementation details and basic skills such as finding faces and eyes and distinguishing animate from inanimate stimuli are introduced. I further speculate on the usefulness of a robotic implementation in evaluating and comparing these two models.

Subject Categories:

  • Cybernetics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE