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Zara the AI supergirl interacts by reading emotions

HONG KONG -- In the age of artificial intelligence, robots are becoming more empathetic to human feelings -- and in multiple languages, too.

Professor Pascale Fung of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, pictured here, and her research team have developed an emotion-recognizing AI robot, Zara the Supergirl, seen on the computer screen.

     To realize their dream of holding a natural conversation with a robot, a team of university researchers in Hong Kong have unveiled a new emotion-recognizing AI technology as part of scientific efforts to make human-robot interactions on a par with human-to-human communication.

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