that could all change with his latest investment in a foundation called
Anty. The Belgium-based robotics team are hard at work on a small,
badly named robot called Probo; a green, "huggable," ALF-like creature
that will be used to interact with kids during medical treatment and
hospital stays, where it's hoped the robot will aid in easing
children's sometimes-traumatic experiences. The project is being
carried out by two teams at the University of Brussels, in conjunction
with the Anty group, with the focus on creating a "social robot"
emphasizing vision, speech, AI, and intrinsic safety. In a quote
attributed to Gates -- who has aggressively invested in children's
projects in the past -- the Microsoft
founder says "Alongside the technical research possibilities, the
prototype will be used to examine the opportunities for using Anty in
medical, social and psychological research."
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