Honda To Offer Car With Emotions
Honda has announced their plan to demonstrate AI-powered electric car that can "generate its own emotions".
The Japanese giant first teased the technology in a press release in July, revealing the manufacturer has been working closely with third-party companies to build an “emotion engine” that stimulates interaction between drivers and vehicles. Here’s what the statement read:
Through this joint research project, Honda and SoftBank will strive to enable mobility products to utilize conversations with the driver, together with other information obtained from various sensors and cameras installed on the mobility product, both to perceive the emotions of the driver and to engage in dialogue with the driver based on the vehicle’s own emotions.
Never one to shirk his duties as a humorist and futurist, Douglas Adams described products with GPP Genuine People Personalities:
“Listen,” said Ford, who was still engrossed in the sales brochure, “they make a big thing of the ship's cybernetics. A new generation of Sirius Cybernetics Corporation robots and computers, with the new GPP feature.”
“GPP feature?” said Arthur. “What's that?”
“Oh, it says Genuine People Personalities.”
“All the doors in this spaceship have a cheerful and sunny disposition. It is their pleasure to open for you, and their satisfaction to close again with the knowledge of a job well done.”
As the door closed behind them it became apparent that it did indeed have a satisfied sigh-like quality to it. “Hummmmmmmyummmmmmm ah!” it said...
Science fiction fans also recall Arthur C. Clarke, and in particular the book and movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, which described the emotion-sensing capabilities of the HAL 9000 computer:
"Hal, switch to manual hibernation control."
"I can tell from your voice harmonics, Dave, that you're badly upset. Why don't you take a stress pill and get some rest?"
"Hal, I am in command of this ship. I order you to release the manual hibernation control."
"I'm sorry, Dave, but in accordance with special subroutine C1435-dash-4, quote, When the crew are dead or incapacitated, the onboard computer must assume control, unquote. I must, therefore, overrule your authority, since you are not in any condition to exercise it intelligently."
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