Google Receives Patent for Robot Personalities

Wednesday, 01 April 2015 - 2:09PM
Artificial Intelligence
Robotics
Wednesday, 01 April 2015 - 2:09PM
Google Receives Patent for Robot Personalities
In our latest installment of "what in God's name is Google up to?", the all-powerful company has officially patented their methods for giving robots personalities.

The vaguely dystopian patent describes Google's claim on systems for building robots with "personalities." The word "personality" is never satisfactorily defined, which is to be expected, as philosophical language has trouble capturing the concept, let alone patent jargon. But in essence, the robot would be able to modify its behavior according to the personality and "mood" of the human user. It would either tailor its "personality" on its own according to its owner's behaviors, or it would be able to shift between different personalities on command.

In the latter case, the robot would be able to take on pre-defined personalities, such as those of a deceased loved one or celebrity. (Or, you know, yourself, if you're into that whole digital immortality thing.)

"The robot personality may also be modifiable within a base personality construct (i.e., a default-persona) to provide states or moods representing transitory conditions of happiness, fear, surprise, perplexion (e.g., the Woody Allen robot), thoughtfulness, derision (e.g., the Rodney Dangerfield robot), and so forth. These moods can again be triggered by cues or circumstances detected by the robot, or elicited on command."

According to the patent, the robots would also be able to transfer their personalities to other robots by cloning the personality data and uploading it onto a shared cloud. The patent refers to this process, which would assist the user when he or she travels, as downloading to another "skin." Is your skin crawling yet?
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