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THE EMOTIONAL MACHINE

While the “emotionalization” of technology (cars, appliances, etc.) expands and feeds our ongoing fascination for human-machine interaction, 2013-2014 will be clearly the years of the humanoid. The human-like robot, our empathic alter ego, perfectly embodies the emotional bonds that link us to our technical creations. Research in robotics currently focuses on emotional (reading facial or vocal signs) and sensorial (tactile or visual interactivity) human/ machine interactions for revolutionary applications in health, mobility and home automation.

EMERGING SIGNS

 1. HUMANOIDS ON STAGE
 In Les Trois Sœurs version Androïde, (Three Sisters Android version), Japanese stage director Ozira Hirata revisited Chekhov’s play with a robot housekeeper and an android character. 2. LIVING WITH ANDROIDS : 
Many fictional works taking place in a humanoid-inhabited near future marked the year 2013/2014, with noteworthy TV series such as Real Humans in Europe and Almost Human in the US. They treated the issues that arise from the interactions between humans and empathetic machines with great realism. 3. THE MECHANICS OF LOVE
 : On Valentine’s Day, the Takashimaya Shinjuku mall (Tokyo), displayed a humanoid holding a phone in her hand suggesting she was expecting a call from her “valentine”. The experience also had a scientific purpose, that of observing the interaction between passers-by and the robot.

FUTUR(s) INSIGHTS : PROMOTING EMOTIONAL OBJECTS

With the increasing “emotionalization” of technology, consumers will favor products that offer a form of empathic interaction. (…)

 

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