We wanted R2D2 from Star Wars; we wanted Baymax from Big Hero 6; we wanted Marvin from Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. We need more than robots that help us with utility. Instead, we want robots to have an understanding of humans, have a sense of self, and to have a connection with humans. The future of human-centered robots will be robots with comprehensive human understanding, unlimited lifelike expressions, and the ability to learn via reinforcement, just like animals. We want to welcome the robots to our living environment, but they first have to learn to fit in.
With that dream in mind, we built Kiki. Kiki is a robot that not only has high intellectual and mechanical skills, but also high emotional intelligence.
I’ve been following Kiki for about a month now. The Kickstarter launches next week. This has my name all over it.