Designing Sociable Robots by Cynthia BreazealDesigning Sociable Robots by Cynthia Breazeal

Designing Sociable Robots

byCynthia Breazeal

Paperback | August 20, 2004

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Cynthia Breazeal here presents her vision of the sociable robot of the future, a synthetic creature and not merely a sophisticated tool. A sociable robot will be able to understand us, to communicate and interact with us, to learn from us and grow with us. It will be socially intelligent in a humanlike way. Eventually sociable robots will assist us in our daily lives, as collaborators and companions. Because the most successful sociable robots will share our social characteristics, the effort to make sociable robots is also a means for exploring human social intelligence and even what it means to be human.

Breazeal defines the key components of social intelligence for these machines and offers a framework and set of design issues for their realization. Much of the book focuses on a nascent sociable robot she designed named Kismet. Breazeal offers a concrete implementation for Kismet, incorporating insights from the scientific study of animals and people, as well as from artistic disciplines such as classical animation. This blending of science, engineering, and art creates a lifelike quality that encourages people to treat Kismet as a social creature rather than just a machine. The book includes a CD-ROM that shows Kismet in action.

Cynthia L. Breazeal is Assistant Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at the MIT Media Lab.
Title:Designing Sociable RobotsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:282 pages, 9 × 7 × 0.69 inPublished:August 20, 2004Publisher:The MIT PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0262524317

ISBN - 13:9780262524315


Editorial Reviews entertaining book... thought-provoking and likely to hold many pointers to the future. Alex M. Andrew Robotica