Lovotics refers to the research of human-to-robot or even robot-to-robot romantic relationship. We refer to such relationships as Lovotic. These relationships offer new possibilities for exploring the concept and possibilities of human love. The first step in Lovotics is to develop a deep understanding of the physics, physiology and emotions of the human being in order to model this in the robot.
Even though various fields have proposed ideas about the role and function of love, the current understanding about love is still quite limited. Furthermore, developing an affection system similar to that of the human being presents considerable technological challenges.
The robot would need to be an active participant in the communication process and adjust its internal affective states depending on inputs and feedback from the human. States, moods, emotions, affects and interactions are key modules in this research.
A wealth of information about a person’s emotions and state of mind can be drawn from facial expressions, voice, blood pressure, temperature, gesture, etc. The affective system of the robot would need to analyze system inputs to generate suitable states and behaviors for the robot in real-time. The affective system should be modeled as closely to the human being as possible in order to be an emotionally engaging system.
Lovotics should be considered as multidisciplinary research field utilizing fundamentals concepts from philosophy, psychology, biology, anthropology, neuroscience, social science, robotics, computer science, engineering and artificial intelligence. Our Engineering approach provides a system consisting of relevant modules allowing the development of functionalities based on multidisciplinary research yielding a new form of love relationships.
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