ISHIGURO Symbiotic Human-Robot Interaction Project

This project's aim is to develop autonomous robots that naturally interact with multiple humans of all ages in a range of social contexts. It involves developing skin-like materials for safe interaction with humans, speech recognition technology, and autonomous communicative functions that are context- and task-sensitive. The project's long-term goal is for intelligent robots to occupy supportive roles in elderly care, public facilities, public transportation, and education. In August 2015, the project unveiled its first ERato Intelligent Conversational Android (ERICA), a mostly autonomous robot.

Source: http://www.jst.go.jp/erato/ishiguro/en/index.html

 
 

Tay

In March 2016, Microsoft launched a chatbot named 'Tay' on Twitter. The project hoped to emulate its success with Xiaoice, a Microsoft chatbot launched in China. Tay's purpose was to entertain 18-24 year olds in the United States, and to determine whether an AI like Xiaoice would be just as captivating in a radically different cultural environment. Unfortunately, the chatbot was quickly taken offline after it 'learned' to tweet offensive and hateful remarks. Research is currently underway to redress the technical vulnerability that allowed for Tay to be misused.

Source: http://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2016/03/25/learning-tays-introduction/#sm.00000hhsbsz1ke7pr0u283n8c4jgd

Xiaoice

Xiaoice is a Microsoft chatbot launched in China in 2014. By mining the Internet for human conversations and differentiating questions from answers using language processing technology, Xiaoice can exchange responses in a way that is both human and current. Notably, it remembers details from previous exchanges with users, such as a breakup with a girlfriend or boyfriend, and asks how the user is feeling. People have told it 'I love you'. The chatbot is currently a text-messaging program, but the hope is to develop a version that includes a Siri-like voice.

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/04/science/for-sympathetic-ear-more-chinese-turn-to-smartphone-program.html