Looking in the eye – Moving!

They sit by the piano,

Improvising Jazz, looking at each other, the music flows – interweaves harmoniously into the final accord. The thing is that one of them is a robot, such that looks at you straight in the eye, gets you right, and knows how to create and interact with you. A TED talk by Guy hoffman. now you have to watch it!!



What is human? say you talk with somebody over the phone about something, and you would not be able to tell if the one on the phone is a person or an intelligent, intuitive, emotional machine. In this case, we could say that the machine is emotionally intelligent, and “human”.


Guy Hoffman has made a few humanoid distinctions with his robots. The first is that timing matters most. A robot that knows to stop, hesitate, control speech timing, speed and tone will always surprise us.


Another human distinction is co-working and interaction. Not listening all the way through then take action – that’s mechanical. The robot is acts while listening, and then corrects “on the fly”. I really don’t believe I’m saying that passive listening is a robotic sign of behavior.


Initiative and Creativity

We relate initiative and new thoughts to humans only, but creativity can be taught – even to the highest degree. All it takes is an excellent mentor a sound method and a few thousand case studies and examples and you’re creative.


Desire? Motivation?

Will it be possible to impart desire, motivation to a computer? I used to think that it’ll never happen, but nowadays I doubt it.  Our basic desires are quite limited: intimacy, to love and be loved, money, work, family, social interaction, esteem and recognition. Choose what’s right for you, and make your own priorities. We human always return to the same basic needs no matter how developed we are. Perhaps we can teach machines to desire their “next step” as well?



In the movie HER Spike Jonze takes it further and deals with a romantic relationship and body-less sex between a man and a virtual operating system “woman”. The sex issue is irrelevant to our discussion – although it makes nice rating for the movie. But intuition, emotion and the creation of a close friendship, maybe a new type of “love” with a virtual figure is very relevant. If you laughed, or were moved by Guy Hoffman’s robot – anticipate surprises in the near future.



How to develop Intuition?

How do we become intuitive? for instance, how do we become intuitive drivers? we study the basics, drive in unskilled manner and improve as we gain experience. Next time you drive please notice how many times you make small steering adjustments. Skilled drivers make small corrections immediately in reaction to any change – that means they are skilled intuitive drivers. The driving experience is smooth. Unskilled drivers make sharp adjustments with longer reaction times – that gives an unsafe – non intuitive drive experience.


The intelligence source of computers will be a study of millions of case studies and their outcomes. Basic analysis skills, and the ability to formulate simple behavioral conclusions. At the right attitude computers will be able to adjust and make small corrections along the way, and thus become emotionally skilled and intuitive the way only human can today.


Computers will become intuitive – they will have their own desires. How will that affect our life and the life of our children?

We’ll look back at non-intuitive non-emotionally developed computers as we look back on rotary telephones – indulgent nostalgia:)


Is there anything at all that cannot be learned by a computer?


Have a great day,





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Gideon Gilda

Gideon Gilda is an expert in inventive thinking, new product development and solutions to technological problems. He is an active investor in companies, and holds a B.Sc in Electrical Engineering from the Technion and an MBA from the University of Haifa.

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