How social robots will bridge the gap between tech and human interactions at PSFK conference

When Jibo launched its Indiegogo campaign in 2014, it billed its robot as “The World’s First Social Robot For The Home.” It exceeded its fundraising goal by 2,288 percent, reaching $3.7 million. At the PSFK 2016 conference next week, we invited Jibo Inc's VP for Design, Blade Kotelly, to share his insight on what Artificial Intelligence (AI) and social robots mean for us.

What are some of the challenges of creating a social robot?

One challenge is teaching people to understand the different types of value that a social robot can bring. There are primarily two kinds of value: the first being intellectual, that is, what it can do. This can be anything from taking a picture to delivering a message or simply telling you the time. The next kind of value is the way the robot executes those specific functions. The robot may carry out the same tasks as another device such as an alarm clock or a camera, but if it can do so with a personality that people like and feel comfortable with, the experience becomes exponentially better for the user.

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