Robots can deliver food on a college campus and hit a hole-in-one on the golf course, but even the most sophisticated robot can't perform basic social interactions that are critical to everyday human life.
MIT researchers have now incorporated certain social interactions into a framework for robotics, enabling machines to understand what it means to help or hinder one another, and to learn to perform these social behaviors on their own. In a simulated environment, a robot watches its companion, guesses what task it wants to accomplish, and then helps or hinders this other robot based on its own goals.
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