Jan Buiting
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Care Robots

The future of health care

Care Robots
The second time I met Alice, she was already able to stand up. When she smiled, I involuntarily smiled back. It took a while for me to realize that I was sending nonverbal signals to an entity that was not able to receive them. That says something about the Alice robot, and it says something about me. The facial expressions of the robot are so refined that I responded to them automatically as a social being. This meeting with Alice took place in the lab of the Services of Electromechanical Care Agencies (SELEMCA) project, which has its quarters at the Free University of Amsterdam. The project team is studying how intelligent systems, such as robots, can interact with their users in a more human manner.
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