Apr 23, 2021

Pepper the humanoid robot can now ‘think out loud’ to increase user trust

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Pepper update:

Italian researchers have programmed a humanoid robot named Pepper, made by SoftBank Robotics in Japan, to “thinks out loud” so that users can hear its thought process. Hearing a robot voice its decision-making process increases the transparency and trust between humans and machines.

Arianna Pipitone and Antonio Chella at the University of Palermo, Italy, built an ‘inner speech model’ based on a cognitive architecture that allowed the robot to speak aloud its inner decision-making process, just like humans when faced with a challenge or a dilemma. With the inner speech, users can hear its thought process and better understand the robot’s motivations and decisions.

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