AI devs claim they’ve built a robot that shows a ‘primitive form of empathy’

Columbia University researchers have developed a robot that displays a “glimmer of empathy” by visually predicting how another machine will behave.

The robot learns to forecast its partner’s future actions and goals by observing a few video frames of its actions

The researchers first programmed the partner robot to move towards green circles in a playpen of around 3×2 feet in size. It would sometimes move directly towards a green circle spotted by its cameras, but if the circles were hidden by an obstacle, it would either roll towards a different circle or not move at all.

Credit: Creative Machines Lab/Columbia Engineering