CARESSES, the Flower that Taught Robots about Culture


CARESSES The flower that taught robots about culture At around 2020, robots were already very capable. Some were strong… …some were clever… …and some were extremely precise. But, as powerful as they were, robots were sometimes awkward and didn’t really know how to behave with
humans in many situations even the simplest. That all changed when a group of European and Japanese Researchers developed CARESSES a revolutionary artificial intelligence. When it was wired into robots, CARESSES added
a key feature: the robots learned to adapt to the culture and habits of the people they
interacted with and they never used stereotypes. The technical word for this is “cultural
competence”. So it became easier for robots to be accepted
by humans. With cultural competence CARESSES started a new era in the history
of robotics. Soon robots began to support caregivers assisting older people in a variety of tasks all over the world. This development was valuable to health systems
in many Countries and helped them better deal with the needs
and preferences of an aging population. Thanks to their experience in elder care culturally competent robots also proved useful
in education …transportation… …and tourism… If today’s robots look much more at ease
with humans seem more perceptive and are ultimately more helpful in a wide
range of situations… …credit should be given to CARESSES that little flower over robots’ hearts. It didn’t make the robots stronger or faster… …but it showed how much you can achieve by teaching them to pay attention to people’s
culture.

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