One thing we have not talked about in class is artificial intelligence. An interesting robot that was developed in the 1990s is Kismet, the social robot. Kismet simulates the behavior of a three year old, and was made to improve our understanding of emotional behavior. This may be something to consider when discussing the interaction of biological and cognitive factors in emotion.
Kismet is made up of several interacting systems. The robot has a motivation system that coordinates it's drives and emotions. Kismet's needs include hunger, stimulation, sleep and social interaction. These needs will demonstrate themselves in the six basic emotions identified by Ekman. Kismet also has perceptual systems, a motor system and a behavior system (behaviors include facial expressions, talking, playing, sleeping etc). The behavior and motor systems are influenced by Kismet's emotions.
Here is a clip about Kismet.
And here is a website about the robot
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