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Chris Murphy
Social Robots
Humans and robots are going to be spending a lot more quality time together as robots take on service roles in stores, airports, restaurants, and more. So if we’re all going to get along, robots need “social AI”—artificial intelligence that enables them to understand human emotions from our expressions, voices, and words.

Coming soon is the smart, personal, social robot, like a soul mate,” says Kevin (Sekyong) Song, founder and CEO of the robot maker Future Robot. “That kind of robot has to live in human society, and that’s very difficult.” Future Robot is developing robots with this “social AI” with the help of cloud-based data monitoring, management, and analytics. The company put it all to the test at the recent Winter Olympics, where its robots provided visitors with event schedules and directions—and some entertainment—in four languages.

—Chris Murphy, Oracle Director of Cloud Content
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