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Psychic Robot Can Guess Intentions Based On Movement

Psychic Robot Can Guess Intentions Based On Movement

Scientists say they've developed an AI robotic system that can predict what you intend to do - by analyzing the movements of your body.

In a study entitled "I Meant to Do That: Determining the Intentions of Action in the Face Disturbances" published in the journal PLOS One, a team at the University of Illinois at Chicago say that they have developed a system which can predict our next move by watching us very, very carefully.

The system can determine from the motion of a human's arm whether or not you might pick up something - or not.

The robotic system can also tell if you've changed your mind by subtle indicators in micro-movements – the blink of an eye or a subtle change in hand direction – all determined by a mathematical algorithm.

"We call it a psychic robot," said lead author Justin Horowitz in a news release.

"If you know how someone is moving and what the disturbance is, you can tell the underlying intent — which means we could use this algorithm to design machines that could correct the course of a swerving car or help a stroke patient with spasticity."

While the study appears successful based on small movement-based predictors, a larger scale version has yet to be built.

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