Natural Tasking of Robots Based on Human Interaction Cues

MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
The Stata Center
32 Vassar Street
Cambridge, MA 02139

PI: Rodney A. Brooks

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Cog turns a crank
M4 robot head drawing
Kismet plays with a frog
Coco the gorilla robot

Future Deliverables (from 1999 - 2000)


  • When presented a random object, Cog will reach out and grab the object.
  • Cog will observe a person and make an inference about that person's beliefs.


  • Use imitative games (based on facial imitation) to have the robot distinguish between self and other, social and non-social entities.
  • Learn a protolanguage and some simple communicative gestures through social interaction and imitative games, and demonstrate an understanding of their meaning by appropriately using them in new contexts.

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