Thursday, December 13, 2012

Primatologist meets 'minimalist human'

“Evolutionary Origins of Human Mind” was the theme of the recent International Institute for Advanced Studies conference in Kyoto, Japan. The attendees, including Emory primatologist Frans de Waal, discussed everything from chimpanzee culture to androids. In the video above, de Waal bonds with the Telenoid, a “minimalist human” who enjoys chatting.

Studying the evolution of the human mind is not only helping us understand ourselves, it is also advancing robotics. Click here to listen to a podcast with de Waal and other researchers from the Kyoto conference, recorded by the Center for International Collaboration and Advanced Studies in Primatology.

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