• "The robot personality may also be modifiable within a base personality construct (i.e., a default-persona) to provide states or moods representing transitory conditions of happiness, fear, surprise, perplexion (e.g., the Woody Allen robot), thoughtfulness, derision (e.g., the Rodney Dangerfield robot), and so forth," states the patent.
  • A more concerning concept perhaps though is that a robot could be programmed to take on the personality of a real-world person -- the patent suggests a deceased loved one or a celebrity -- so that effectively you could get someone to live on after their death in robot form.
  • This technology is obviously just a patent thus far, but given that it's no secret quite how many robotics companies Google has bought over the past year, it would almost be surprising if it wasn't working on something like this.

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