The future of human-AI machine interactions is arriving quickly thanks to advances in deep learning, a form of machine learning that is inspired by the way neurons in our brains are organized.

SwissCognitiveOne example of the future of robotics is ElliQ , an empathetic robotic companion, designed by Intuition Robotics , a Samsung NEXT portfolio company, that is featured in the End of the Beginning video series. This smart robot has cognitive abilities designed to provide comfort and security for elderly people who wish to live on their own. Intuition Robotics recognized the needs of this growing population of older adults and has designed a robot companion to help people “age in place” at home rather than at an assisted living facility. Aging in place

Living alone presents a number of challenges for the elderly, such as the possibility of missing meals and medication, becoming injured, and enduring loneliness.

Because feelings of isolation have even been linked to cognitive decline, depression, and increased blood pressure, geriatric and technology experts have advocated for adaptive technologies to assist with aging in place as early as 2004. Now with deep learning, Artificial Intelligence promises to help enable some of the nearly 90 percent of homeowners approaching retirement to stay in their homes longer than without the help of technology. Intuition Robotics is already working with more than 125 older adults to understand their needs, especially with regard to their living independently. That information is being used to teach ElliQ how to interact with its human companions in order to eventually be able to assist aging in place individuals.

Headquartered in Israel, Intuition Robotics is part of an impressive roster of companies Samsung NEXT has invested in that are leveraging artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Eyal Miller, Samsung NEXT’s managing director for Tel Aviv, met co-founder Dor Skuler when the company was still in its earliest stages. He was interested in the way ElliQ could use human-robotic interaction to improve the lives of the elderly.

“I found Dor to be super passionate about solving the growing problem of the lonely aging population, who in most cases would like to stay at home and be independent, connected to their loved ones by using sophisticated tech and AI,” Miller said.

Building an intelligent robot companion

First, the team at Intuition Robotics researched how people recognize signs of intelligence and interact with those intelligent entities. By studying these aspects of cognition and leveraging recent advances in AI, the company was able to create technology that provided ElliQ with a distinct character, body language, and decision-making ability. For example, ElliQ is proactive in servicing its users.[…]

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