• Question: did you build your robot

    Asked by picklerick45 to Alyssa on 8 Jan 2018.
    • Photo: Alyssa Alcorn

      Alyssa Alcorn answered on 8 Jan 2018:

      No, and unfortunately there wasn’t time to explain that as part of the Christmas Lectures. The robot hardware (the body that you see) is built by a Texas-based company called RoboKind. They are also developing their own proprietary teaching programme for autism using the same robots, but I don’t know much about it. They have been fairly secretive about it so far!

      My team’s project, DE-ENIGMA, is interested in developing artificial intelligence for robots, and an educational curriculum for emotional and social skills (using the robot). Basically, we are making the software or the instructions for the robot, but we bought the body. Actually, the project has about a dozen Zeno robots. Lots of extras in case they get broken! And they do get broken.