‘Artificial Intelligence’ is a term you’ve heard of almost every day over the last couple of years. It is transforming almost everything that it is being incorporated into, and now it is all set to transform human beings.
You read that right – humanoid robots are the NBT in the field of AI, and are no longer a theoretical or fictional concept.
Initially, the major aim of AI for humanoids was for research purposes. Now, they are being created for several purposes such as to carry out different human tasks and occupy different roles in the employment sector, like that of a personal assistant, receptionist, front desk officer and so on.
Recently created humanoid robots are so human-like and efficient, that they have become quite popular. The most popular ones are:
#1. Sophia: This is the world’s first robot citizen, Sophia was introduced to the United Nations on October 11, 2017. On October 25th, she was granted Saudi Arabian citizenship, making her the first humanoid robot ever to have a nationality. Sophia was created by Hanson Robotics and can carry out a wide range of human actions. She is capable of making up to fifty facial expressions and can equally express feelings. She has very expressive eyes and her AI revolves around human values. She has been designed to look like the late British actress Audrey Hepburn.
#2. Little Sophia: Now that you know about Sophia, you also need to know that she has a little sister. In November 2018, the Hanson Robotics family grew by one member when Sophia introduced the world to her “little sister” during an appearance on “The Tonight Show”. The company also launched a Kickstarter campaign for the new robot, giving others the opportunity to have a Little Sophia join their families.
#3. The Kodomoroid TV Presenter: This humanoid robot was invented in Japan. Her name is derived by combining ‘Kodomo’ (meaning child in Japanese) and ‘Android’ (Google’s OS). She speaks a number of languages and is capable of reading the news and giving weather forecasts. She has been placed at the Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Tokyo where she currently works.
#4. Jia Jia: Created by a team of robots at the University of Science and Technology of China, Jia Jia is capable of making conversations but has limited motion and stilted speech. She does not have a full range of expressions but the team plans to make further developments and infuse learning abilities in her.
Humanoid robots are here to stay and over time, with AI making progress, they may become an indispensable part of our lives.