How do you teach human interaction to a robot?…

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Remember the Jetsons’ robot maid, Rosie? Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers think her future real-life incarnations can learn a thing or two from Steve Carell. MIT says a computer that binge-watched YouTube videos and TV shows such as “The Office,” ”Big Bang Theory” and “Desperate Housewives” learned how to predict whether the actors were about to hug, kiss, shake hands or slap high-fives — advances that eventually could help the next generation of artificial intelligence function less clumsily. “It could help a robot move more fluidly through your living space,” said lead researcher Carl Vondrick. “The robot won’t want to start pouring milk if it thinks you’re about to pull the glass away.” Vondrick also sees potential health-care applications: “If you can predict that someone’s about to…


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