Empathetic robots--the future is now.

Social robots appear to be a way of the future, and soon, thanks to facial recognition and other tech, these robots will be able to gauge and respond to your emotions. CNBC staffer Althea Chang reports on the future of social robots such as the Pepper and NAO of Softbanks which is currently being shown at 2016 Consumer Electronics Show. 

Jonathon Phillips, face recognition program manager at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, explains how the technology used by these robots allows them to become emotion experts:

Once a robot identifies a face, it makes additional calculations to measure expressions, Phillips said. Changes in features, for instance whether the corners of the mouth are moving up or down, are sensed and interpreted, Phillips explained. 

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