When I was a kid we had to make do with a Light Bright to entertain us. Now it looks like we are one step closer to children having a robotic, artificially intelligent play friend. Which will be perfect for the child with no friends.
Visual pattern recognition is an important part of human intelligence. It’s a complex process, requiring parallel processing of different types of information such as the shape, color, and contrast of a person’s face. If the robots of the future are going to be able to imitate–or improve upon–our behavior they’re going to need to be pretty adept at pattern recognition. The Nao program for pattern recognition only sees in 2D, but for the purposes of the card game it’s enough.