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'Robbie the Robot' Can Spot Worsening Dementia After Watching 13 Episodes of Emmerdale


A robot learning to recognize facial expressions by watching TV.

Researchers at Edge Hill University in the U.K. have developed a robot equipped with artificial intelligence (AI) that watched episodes of a long-running U.K. TV soap opera to learn how to recognize facial expressions.

Credit: Edge Hill University

Researchers at Edge Hill University in the U.K. have developed a robot equipped with artificial intelligence (AI) that watched episodes of the TV soap opera "Emmerdale" to learn how to recognize facial expressions.

The device, nicknamed Robbie the Robot, analyzed 65,082 images of the character Ashley Thomas, who developed dementia, and is already able to identify aggressiveness and depression, both of which are possible signs of the disorder.

Said Edge Hill's Ardhendu Behera, "Monitoring and recognition is still very much in its infancy and we believe Robbie is the first robot to use vision-based recognition to recognize four behaviors; aggressive, depressive, happy, and neutral."

The researchers next intend to show the robot scenes from the show "Friends," to help it learn about social interactions.

From Daily Mail (U.K.)
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