AI in the News - #12

February 4, 2016 | Earl Wajenberg

They do not welcome our new robot overlords. (

A study by the Media Effects Laboratory found that seniors are quite comfortable with robots that obey orders, but not with ones that display autonomy and, well, get uppity.

"It is clear senior citizens want robots to play passive and non-confrontational roles," said Sundar. "Seniors do not mind having robots as companions, but they worry about the potential loss of control over social order to robots."

Intelligent monitor  (

Fraunhofer HHI has developed a medical monitor for intensive care units that selects the most important data to display, adjusts its display for the distance of the viewer, and is operated by gestures  nearby rather than by contact.