JUN 13, 2018 5:45 AM PDT

Can This Robot Read Your Thoughts?

Artificial intelligence is at the forefront of neuroscience. Research is ongoing into projects that are investigating if AI could help those with Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and ALS. But can AI ever be genuinely intuitive? Can an algorithm be written that has emotional intelligence, that can look at a human and understand what they are thinking or feeling? One company is trying to do just that.

Alex Blackwood is a mentalist and motivational speaker, and he has partnered with Craftworkz, an AI company developing robots. Together they have created an experience that some are calling a “mind reading robot show” but is it true mind reading, or is it just smoke and mirrors? Alex Blackwood takes his “show” on the road with an AI robot named Pepper. His audiences are mostly employees of high-tech companies, so they are not people who are easily fooled by tricks. Blackwood insists that Pepper has been primed with algorithms that allow the robot to ask a few questions and then be able to tell what a person is thinking about. Is it real AI or is it magic? Check out the video and decide for yourself.

About the Author
  • I'm a writer living in the Boston area. My interests include cancer research, cardiology and neuroscience. I want to be part of using the Internet and social media to educate professionals and patients in a collaborative environment.
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