The Singing, Improvising Robot
22 Dec 2014
Researchers in robotics often dip into the creative world as they try to advance the cause of artificial intelligence. Scientists at the University of Palermo in Italy, have been working with a singing (!) robot built by Japan’s Hiroshi Laboratory.
The robot—known as a Telenoid—is being taught how to replicate certain movements and sounds made by human singers, complete with all sorts of emotional nuances. Once fully programmed, researchers will see if this will allow the robot to improvise with its singing. If they’re successful, not only will be a major advance in robotics but it may also shed some light on the nature of human consciousness. By knowing what connections the robot makes in its improvising, this may help sort out what happens when humans do the same thing.