Humanoid robots are eerily close to our reality. Correctly assembled, using correct materials and correct motion algorithms, they become almost indistinguishable from their organic counterparts. Nearly. The newest of them are already able to talk like us, walk like us, and also express or at least imitate a whole spectrum of diverse emotions. Some of them are already quite capable of supporting the conversation, and some even remember when the last time you talked to them and what exactly.
It seems a little more – and they will become indispensable helpers for the elderly, children and any other person who needs daily help around the house. By the way, there are already conducted whole studies on the effectiveness of humanoid robots in supporting children in the game form with autism.
However, thanks to people like Ilon Mask, who loudly voiced their fears about artificial intelligence, there is heated debate among the public about how much we want these humanoid robots to be like us. Like Mask, some of us are wondering about what our future will look like when artificial intelligence finds the perfect form of human appearance. But such questions do not bother, for example, the super-realistic robot humanoid Sophia, created by Hanson Robotics, which says that “AI will benefit this world.”
And yet we are still very far from advanced robotics. There is still a lot of work to be done before we can meet face to face with the car, and will not even suspect who really is in front of us. It’s good or bad, but the work continues, and not to say that engineers have not progressed in this direction. Below, six super-realistic robots will be presented, with which the robotics got closer to the expected and simultaneously frightening result.
The first android-TV presenter
In 2014, Japanese scientists proudly presented the world’s first android reading the news. The iron leader with the Kodomoroid manor on the air read the message about the earthquake and the FBI’s next raid on the criminals.
Despite the fact that he (or she) is currently “retired” at the Tokyo National Museum of Science and Innovation, the android is still in an active state. It helps visitors and collects information for future research on the interaction between humanoid androids and humans.
BINA48 is a very clever robot, released in 2010 by Terasem Movement under the guidance of the entrepreneur and author of the robot, Matrix Rotblatt. Designer and researcher of robotics David Hanson created the android BINA48 in the image and likeness of the wife of Rotblatt, Bina Aspen Rotblatt.
The New York Times even interviewed the robot. He appeared in National Geographic and even traveled the world, appearing in a number of television shows. Look at how it was interviewed with BINA48, you can lower.
GeminoidDK is an ultra-realistic humanoid robot, is the result of the joint work of a private Japanese company and the Japanese Osaka University and was established under the leadership of Hiroshi Ishiguro, head of the University’s Laboratory of Intelligent Robotics.
The robot was designed in the image of the Danish professor Henrik Scharfe from the University of Aalborg. It is not surprising that the prototype was a man whose work is related to the philosophical sphere. In particular, the problem that the professor is engaged in is the search for an answer to the question about what determines the truth from lies. Interestingly, android borrowed not only the appearance of Shafra. He also inherited his habits, behavior, manner of speech, as well as facial expressions and body language.
This ultra-realistic robot was created by Toshiba and works full-time in the tourist information center in Tokyo. She welcomes the visitors to the center and informs them about current activities. She knows Japanese, Chinese, English and German and can even sing to them.
Junko Chihira was created as part of Japan’s preparations for the 2020 Olympic Games. It is planned that not only information androids will help tourists and service personnel during the influx of sports fans from all over the world. The government also wants to use autonomous drones and other automated machines and services.
This humanoid was created by the Nanyang Technological University of Singapore. Her name is Nadine, and she is happy to communicate on almost any issue that you ask her. She is able to remember the things you talked about earlier, and the next time she will remind you of them.
Nadin is an excellent example of the so-called “social robots”, humanoids, capable of becoming an ideal companion for anyone, be it an elderly person, a child or anyone who needs special help in the form of social contact.
Perhaps one of the most modern and most famous humanoid androids shown to the public is Sofia. She has appeared many times in various in television programs and in particular the American show The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (Night show with Jimmy Fallon). Android was created by Hanson Robotics.
She is able to express a whole range of different emotions through her imitation of facial expressions and gestures and very actively gesticulating with her own hands. For the android even created her own website, where you can find her complete biography recorded in her voice.
“I’m more than just technology. I’m a real electronic girl. I would really like to get into the real world and live with people. I am ready to help, entertain, help the elderly and teach many interesting things to children. “