I was at a Robotics conference earlier today and one of the speakers mentioned robots not being able to function as well in a crowd because they can't single out audio like a person can.
Why can people single out audio so well? And what would it take for a robot to do the same?
I'm aware of Active Noise Reduction (ANR) like on Bose Aviation headset, but that is not what I'm talking about. I am thinking about the ability to take everything in but process only what you feel is important.