Lovotics refers to the research of human-to-robot relationship. These relationships offer new possibilities for exploring the concept and possibilities of human love. After industrial, service and social robots, Lovotics introduces a new generation of robots, with the ability to love and be loved by humans.
Lovotics is proposed by Hooman Samani, artificial intelligence researcher in Keio-NUS CUTE Center which is a collaborative lab between National University of Singapore (NUS) and Keio University of Japan.
The first step in Lovotics is to develop a deep understanding of the physics, physiology and emotions of the human being in order to model this in the robot. Even though various fields have proposed ideas about the role and function of love, the current understanding about love is still quite limited. Furthermore, developing an affection system similar to that of the human being presents considerable technological challenges.
Hooman Samani, an artificial intelligence researcher at the Social Robotics Lab at the National University of Singapore, believes it is possible to engineer love between humans and robots.
The ultimate goal, according to the lovotics research team, is to usher in an era of human-robot relationships — and if we can have a meaningful relationship with an online friend or our pet dog, why not a robot?
LOVOTICS Love + Robotics
Reinforcement Learning of Lovotics Robot
Kissenger: Kiss Messenger. Kiss Transmission Robot
Kissnger is an application of Lovotics. Kissenger system consists of a pair of robots to transfer kiss over distance.
Kissenger provides a novel way of transferring a kiss through interactive digital media. It provides a physical interface enabling kiss communication for several applications facilitating intimate human tele-presence with the real and virtual worlds.
Kissing is a very important mode of human communication that involves joining lips in order to express many deep felt positive emotions such as affection, respect, greeting, farewell, good luck, romantic affection or sexual desire. Apart from the surface level enjoyment humans have by kissing, it also plays a crucial biologically motivated role in allowing prospective mates to smell and taste each other’s pheromones for detecting compatibility.
With the aid of digital communication media and advanced robotic technology, the system takes the form of an artificial mouth that provides the convincing properties of the real kiss.
Kissenger Concept Prototype: Kiss Transmission Robot
Kissenger enables three modes of interaction:
1. Human to Human tele-kiss through the device: bridges the physical gap between two intimately connected individuals. Kissenger plays the mediating role in the kiss interaction by imitating and recreating the lip movement of both users in real time using two digitally connected artificial lips.
2. Human to Robot kiss: enabling an intimate relationship with a robot, such technology provides a new facility for closer and more realistic interactions between humans and robots. In this scenario, one set of artificial lips is integrated in a humanoid robot.
3. Human to Virtual character physical/virtual kiss: provides a link between the virtual and real worlds. Here, humans can kiss virtual characters while playing games and receive physical kisses from their favorite virtual characters. Further, Kissenger can be integrated into modern communication devices to facilitate the interactive communication between natural and technologically mediated environments and enhance human tele-presence.
Mini-Surrogate: Communication via Miniature Robots
Mini-Surrogate is an application of Lovotics. In this project miniature robots are used as small cute, believable and acceptable surrogates of humans for telecommunication. It examines the parameters fostering the sense of co-presence in mediated interpersonal communication.
Current telecommunication techniques lacks the holistic embodied interaction and interface. The feeling of non-mediation can be reinforced in remote interpersonal communication if the interaction is through the whole body and engaging, interactive physical representative of each person is available in close proximity of the other person. The reason is related to the significance of embodiment, anthropomorphism, proximity and enjoyment in fostering the illusion of presence.
Both Kissenger and Mini-Surrogate could also introduce the concept of robot-robot love. If two Kissengers have artificial psychologies and hormones, what’s to stop them from falling in love and making out until their batteries run out?