In the science fiction world, robots and humans are able to communicate through voice; we have seen this take place many times in movies such as; iRobot, Star Wars and so many other classic movies and TV shows. But in the real world if you went up to a robot and started to give it commands, the chances are that people might think you are a bit odd, especially if there is no response from the robot, which there will not be. However, why should this not be so? Surely, for humans it is logical to give a robot a verbal command and expect it to understand! This would make life so much easier when it comes to robots in the workplace.
Yet, so far this is not the case, in fact communicating with a robot is quite a complex thing requiring a high level knowledge of computer languages and programming, after all a robot is merely a computer that is able to move and undertake tasks. However, thanks to the work of the Department of Computer Science at Cornell University they have been working on a project called Call Me Dave! The object of this work is to find a way of making a robot understand the human voice commands.
The aim of the project is to enable robots to accept, understand and carry out voice commands from humans, just like the ships computer HAL 9000 in Arthur C. Clarke’s classic 2001 A Space Odyssey movie, although the understanding of voice commands in this situation are not a good example, or maybe it is. The team have made a lot progress in this field and they have backed this up with video evidence. The problem with a voice command is accents, anyone who has used Siri or any of the other voice command features will already know this.
However, the team are making impressive progress and this has to be the future for robot and human relations. If you need the robot to do something, just ask him nicely using the Call Me Dave system.
Source: Tell Me Dave