Dean Hougen wants to make robots smarter by teaching them empathy.

In this TEDxOU talk, Dean Hougen discusses strides made in robotic research that gets us to a paradoxical question – to make robots more efficient, should we equip them with the ability to emote and feel?

Dr. Dean Hougen teaches computer science at the University of Oklahoma and leads research in artificial intelligence through the College of Engineering.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at