News ID: 138910
Published: 0343 GMT April 04, 2016

Kinba lands job on reception at King's College

Kinba lands job on reception at King's College

Kinba was developed by students and faculty at King’s College in London and is able to recognize faces as well as some speech Kinba has only just started on the front desk of King’s College but the students are already in love with their new receptionist who can see, hear and have a stab at speaking.

Under normal circumstances that would be unremarkable ― but Kinba is a robot, wrote.

Kinba, who has yet to be assigned a gender, took up its new post alongside the London university’s existing ― human ― receptionist Camilla Templing at its building on the Strand.

 “Kinba’s generated a real buzz of excitement about the place, to see it moving and speaking. People are coming and taking pictures and talking to it,” Templing says.

Part of the fun is that Kinba is a work-in-progress in the extremely complex, fledgling but rapidly developing world of social robots.

“You can never quite tell what it’s going to come out with next when someone asks it a question. This morning someone asked it what time it was and it said that it was ‘time to get wacky’ ― which I thought was quite fun to hear,” she added.




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