We are bombarded with AI (Artificial Intelligence) in the news. Companies and students of all ages are fascinated by AI and how it can be developed further.
With this fascination comes concern as protesters against AI are trying to stop that progress or write enough rules to make a solid border around AI progress. This fear of AI is driven by the threat to human life, freedoms and existential thought.
A robot can be used to help humanity and the environment. Still, as history has shown, humans have the potential of abusing this technology for violence and personal gain at the expense of others. Because of the risk of abusing AI, we need to take great care of our technical progress, especially in robotics.
Let’s review a couple of humanoid robots that closely represent the human face.
Making human-like facial expressions, Engineered Arts, a UK based designer and manufacturer of robots, recently unveiled Ameca. This lovely robot can be frustrated, confused, open its mouth and raise its brows.
Another one from Engineered Arts used 3D scans of actual humans to give Mesmer accurate bone structure, skin texture and lifelike facial expressions.
Boston Dynamics is an American company that has developed and produced beneficial robots. Atlas is known as “the world’s most dynamic humanoid”, and its duty is to assist humans in dangerous tasks. For example, Atlas can do a backflip and even do floor routines similar to gymnasts.
Developed by Hanson Robotics, a HongKong based company. She is a sophisticated humanoid robot with the ability to see, sustain contact, follow faces, and identify individuals. Sophia is one of the most human-like robots, which has excellent potential to develop more in future as other abilities are added.