Hanging out with Anki’s Cozmo, the toy robot putting AI at our fingertips

(Vjeran Pavic) Tweet Share When playing with Cozmo, Anki’s palm-sized artificial intelligence robot, it’s easy to forgot all of the engineering and software running behind the scenes. Every action, from Cozmo’s audible chirps of victory when it wins a game to its childlike mannerisms when it recognizes your face, conceals tens of thousands of lines of code. When the product launches this October, Anki hopes consumers won’t think of its AI robot as undecipherable technology. Instead, the company wants people to wonder what’s going on under the hood — and, eventually, to alter it themselves. Hanns Tappeiner, Anki’s co-founder and president, shows me the tools consumers can use to accomplish that feat. With an iPad mini plugged into his laptop at the company’s San Francisco office, Tappeiner boots up the…


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