Many experts in the field firmly believe 2017 will be a breakout year for both artificial intelligence and robotics, since the two often go together. Spoiler alert: it’s all good.

AI is poised to come into the home in a big way, via personal assistants and smart-home devices. To make these devices work optimally, they need to develop an emotional quotient, or an EQ, predicts Affectiva CEO Dr. Rana el Kaliouby. “We expect to see Emotion AI really come to the fore this year, and once AI systems develop social skills and rapport, AI interfaces will be more engaging and sticky, and less frustrating for their users, driving even wider adoption of the technology,” she said.

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