For decades people have been fantasizing about the day that we would eventually have humanlike robots. Some have been scared of the idea while others have been waiting patiently. We have seen movies about it, some where the robots can change the world for the better and some where the robots take over and kill all of us. Well regardless of how you feel about humanlike robots, it seems like they are right around the corner from becoming a reality.
2 Companies, Hanson Electronics and Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratories, are designing the world’s first humanlike robot. These Robots are commonly referred to as androids, and Sophia is the worlds first. She was “Activated” on April 19th 2015. Sophia was created for applications such as healthcare, therapy, customer service and education.
Unlike a number of previous “robots” that we have seen in the past, Sophia is being designed to think creatively and be as capable as any human being. Instead of being preprogrammed with various responses to spit out, Hanson is working with IBM and Intel to be able to use her camera eyes to recognize faces and expressions and use google voice to be able to integrate these technologies. In addition, Sophia has more than 60 realistic facial expressions, I was impressed! Check out this video to really get a feel for how she looks and talks- it’s really impressive!
“The artificial intelligence will evolve to the point where they will truly be our friends,” he said. “Not in ways that dehumanize us, but in ways the rehumanize us, that decrease the trend of the distance between people and instead connect us with people as well as with robots.” Hanson plans to announce pricing and availability of his humanlike robots later this year.
The technology has a number of applications, for example, Autistic children. Mechanical robots have been tested to stimulate autistic children but researchers have found that the children don’t like to react with a mechanical looking robot. In these applications, a humanlike robot could help those children engage.
The developers don’t expect this to be bought by the average household as the price will be north of $100,000, but as technology grows, the price of the robots is expected to come down.
What do you guys thinks of humanlike robots. I think the big difference is the ability for them to have fairly true freedom of thought, unlike anything we have seen before. The idea scares some people, but I personally think it’s pretty cool. Think about the applications this can be used for and how is could improve your daily life. Obviously, on the flip side there are risks associated with this technology. Interested in your opinions.
For more, please visit: http://www.cnbc.com/2016/03/16/could-you-fall-in-love-with-this-robot.html