Scientists from the Faculty of Engineering, Information and Systems of the University of Tsukuba (Japan) have developed a robot assistant for reading text messages. It can help users control their mood when reading upsetting news. This device will improve social interactions as we move towards a world that increasingly uses digital communications.

An emoticon in a text message is a quick and easy way to show your indignation to someone who is late for a scheduled meeting. It often lacks the human element that would accompany a face-to-face explanation or telephone conversation. According to scientists, we are probably more upset by the fact that we, our friends, cannot realize how angry and upset we are when we have to wait for them.

Researchers at the University of Tsukuba in Japan have created a hand-held robot called OMOY, which is equipped with a moving block powered by mechanical components inside its body. By moving the internal center of gravity, the robot can express simulated emotions. The prototype was created for experimental experience – this artificial intelligence is able to read and analyze text messages. It turned out that the text with unpleasant or disappointing news was accompanied by a call to OMOY not to be upset – or even sympathy for the user.

The robots were designed in such a way that they could suppress not only the user’s anger, but also other negative interpersonal motives – for example, change thoughts about revenge or similar negative emotions.