Innovation

Teaching Robot Bartenders to Pick Up on Social Cues


Innovator: Jan de Ruiter
Age: 43
Title: Psycholinguist at Germany’s Universität Bielefeld, one of 19 project researchers across Europe
 
Form and function:
James, short for Joint Action in Multimodal Embodied Systems, is a friendly robot being trained as a bartender. The goal is to teach him to interpret body language and other human behavior.

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Bennett is a staff writer for Bloomberg Businessweek in New York.

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