AI has been fueled with many fantasy during the last decades. From Frankenstein to Terminator, people have been scared of the possibility to create an entity that would escape from our control. people often portrayed it as personified entity potentially smarter than us and that we should distrust. AI is actually a set of technologies aiming to make software and machines smarter. Many research fields are linked to it, such as computer vision, speech understanding, decision making and so on. Nowadays, AI has to face many new challenges. One of the biggest is to move from a helpful software and tool to an entity that is able to interact with humans in a natural way. This challenge is both complex and fascinating as it implies to understand how we, as humans, interact with each other. My name is Grégoire.
I’m working at Blue Frog Robotics. I’ve always been interested in Intelligent Systems and logic systems That’s why I did an engineering school in Computer Science.
Then, I went to Japan to study, to work on robotics. And more specially, on human / robot interactions for almost 2 years. And when, I came back to France, I did a PH.D. My PH.D. was based on Developmental psychology concepts to give to the robot the capacity to understand the mental states of users. When I finished my PH.D., I wanted to to contribute more directly to social robotics. And more specially to bring robots into our houses. That’s why I joined Blue Frog Robotics. And now, at Blue Frog Robotics, I’m working on Artificial Intelligence aspects, and more specially to give social aspects to BUDDY. Well, during the last decade, artificial intelligence has really increased its application field from autonomous cars to vocal assistants. I believe it’s coming closer and closer to the actual users. And it’s more and more visible in our daily life. I also believe that the mentality on artificial intelligence has changed during the last decades. Because during the last century, many Hollywood movies would depict machines and artificial intelligence has a threat, like in Terminator, IRobot or Matrix. Whereas lately, more and more movies depicted them as friendly partners like in Big Heroes Six, Her and Wall-e. I think this a sign of the mentality of people on this artificial intelligence. I believe it would be very hard to go back concerning artificial intelligence technologies in many fields because artificial intelligence is a very powerful tool to optimize and react quickly and take decisions concerning well defined problems. However artificial intelligence has just started to enter our daily life. From now, it may take the form of content suggestions, targeted advertisement, electronical coaching, vocal assistant or toys. Right now it’s mostly perceived as a gadget I think. But it will be more and more useful and needed in the upcoming decades. And it will be more and more present in our home. Well. Personal robotics is a field using many different artificial intelligence technologies. It requires understanding of the human environment. It requires capacities of reasoning and abstract concepts and, also to act according to decisions based on the situation. And, most importantly, it requires to solve issues in different manner. In many artificial intelligent fields, we are looking for optimized solutions in terms of time or resources. For personal robotics, the Challenge is different because as the robot has to consider the human comfort, also the security and the satisfaction as part of the evaluation of a task achievement. But I believe that this technology is highly needed to provide an intuitive and simple access to technologies. So that it can provide help in the daily life of any human being. I think BUDDY is a wonderful piece of technology. As a character, it’s a very easy and simple way to access to complex technologies. BUDDY will provide a way to control electronic devices in the house that is as simple as as asking an expert to do it for you.