Many times when we talk to people we overlook the non verbal cues which are given off by a persons body language, tone, gestures, and their tone of voice. Professor Peter Robinson, from the Computer Laboratory at the University of Cambridge, has been working on a project for ‘mind reading robots.’ He has taken on this project in which he believes will shows the future of human to robot interaction. Robinson hopes that this will help to make the usage of machines a bit less frustrating at times. The computer is designed to be able to read a persons mental state based on the nonverbal cues mentioned above in order to be more helpful. This may not be the conventional mind reading in which we think of, but it does seem more like simply reading the situation based on a persons behavior.

Sources: Engadget IEEE Spectrum