Forget thumbs, this AI answers your texts for you

Are you one of those people who are endlessly texted by your friends, family and acquaintances almost nonstop during the day? Do you receive texts at such a volume that you just can’t reply to them all?

Well, Google is hoping that its new AI will help you out:

Reply aims to take the smart AI-based suggested replies that are available in Google’s Gmail and Allo apps to the next level. In an email test sent to volunteers, acquired by Android Police, Area 120 says: “You probably get a lot of chat messages. And you want to be there for people, but also for people in the real world. What if replying were literally one tap away?”

Of course, this just means that we’ll eventually reach a point where AIs just talk to other AIs and texts go the way of voice conversations we used to have on the phone.

In other robot related news:

Researchers are working on “e-skins” for not only robots, but also prosthetic limbs to be used by humans. What are e-skins? Well, they’re artificial skin that developers are hoping will have not only a sense of touch, but also have the ability to tell how much pressure is being applied and the heat of the environment. After all, you don’t want your robot babysitter to crush your infant with a hug or take a toddler out to play in below freezing weather.

On the other hand, researchers at Johns Hopkins University are not looking at humans for their robots. Instead, they’re looking at one of the most hated insects in modern society: cockroaches. Why cockroaches? Because they can go almost anywhere, which makes them perfect for exploration.

In Japan, they’re developing robots not only to be workers and explorers, but also companions. Voice of America looks at the most affordable of these robo-companions that may one day be in many homes. The include a boy who learns your name, a dog and a pillow with a tail.

Of course, if you’re one of those who constantly worries about humanity’s place in a world of robots and AIs, never fear, we’ll still be needed for a while. Primarily to teach them things. Kindred AI is using human pilots to train their robots in all sorts of actions, primarily gripping and other fine movements that don’t come natural to robots. So, you younger people reading this may be robot teachers one day.

That’s your robot news for the week. Enjoy your Wednesday.



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