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The Truth Behind Elon Musk's Humanoid Robot Plan

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In case you thought you didn't have to add "how to placate your new robot overlord" to your list of future worries, well, sorry. Who else but madcap capitalist and Tesla "Technoking" (his real, self-appointed legal title, per Voi) could help bring us a timeline so unwittingly odd and dystopian? Yes folks, it's time to add humanoid robots to Elon Musk's repertoire of logorrheic tweets (on ScoopWhoop), suicidal self-driving cars (per EuroNews), and wish to become "Imperator of Mars" (per Futurism). Musk's humanoid robot, not-at-all grandiosely named "Optimus" (like the Transformer), was announced last August, 2021, as New Scientist overviews. Granted, it's not quite Terminator-level lethal, but hey, you have to start somewhere.


Tesla Bot, Elon Musk's Humanoid Robot that Uses Vehicle AI is On the Way

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced the carmaker will be branching out into humanoid robots during the company's recent AI event. At the event, Musk unveiled the "Tesla Bot," a 1.7 meter, 56-kilogram robot. He said the bot will have a screen where its face should be that will present information. The humanoid robot will also be capable of dead-lifting 68 kilograms and carrying about 20 kilograms, according to the CEO. Though, the bot will only travel about 8 kilometers per hour.


Incredibly Humanlike Robot Gets Angry When Someone Boops Its Nose - Nerdist

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In December 2021, Engineered Arts, the UK's "leading designer and manufacturer of humanoid entertainment robots," introduced its robot Ameca to the internet. We, along with millions of other people, were astounded by Ameca's ridiculously humanlike physicality and movement. Now, Engineered Arts has released a new video of Ameca. One in which the robot gets a little angry. Engineered Arts recently posted the above video to its YouTube channel.


Can Elon Musk and Tesla really build a humanoid robot in 2022?

New Scientist

In August 2021, Elon Musk announced that Tesla would build a humanoid robot designed to "eliminate dangerous, repetitive, boring tasks" and respond to voice commands, promising to show off a prototype in 2022. Can the company deliver on Musk's goal? Tesla has achieved a great deal since Musk founded the electric car firm in 2003: building a valuation of $1 trillion, selling in excess of half a million cars and installing a global network of more than 2000 charging stations for them. But there have also been failures and delays. Musk promised to have a million self-driving taxis on the road by 2020.


A humanoid robot makes eerily lifelike facial expressions

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A humanoid robot makes eerily lifelike facial expressions -- Engineered Arts, a UK-based designer, and manufacturer of humanoid robots, recently showed off one of its most lifelike creations in a video posted on YouTube. The robot, called Ameca, is shown making a series of incredibly human-like facial expressions. At the start of the video, Ameca appears to "wake up," as its face conveys a mix of confusion and frustration when it opens its eyes. But when Ameca starts looking at its hands and arms, the robot opens its mouth and raises its brows in what it looks like is amazement. The end of the video shows Ameca smiling and holding a welcoming hand out towards the viewer -- if that's how you want to interpret that gesture.


Iron Man in Real Life? Meet the First Flying Humanoid Robot

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When we think of robots, we generally think of industrial robots in factories, putting hard labor to complete tasks that humans cannot. But robots are not just science fiction movies anymore. The humanoid robot Sophia is considered in such high regard that Saudi Arabia provided citizenship to her. Robots that are integrated with technologies like artificial intelligence, cybernetics, cognitive development, and neuroscience can perform multiple tasks at the same time, like plan, think, work, analyze, walk, and now, apparently fly. Researchers at the Italian Institute of Technology have recently been exploring the possibilities of creating a humanoid robot that can fly.


Robot: 'World's most advanced' humanoid bot grabs a researcher's hand

Daily Mail - Science & tech

The'world's most advanced' humanoid robot can be seen moving someone's hand out of the way when it gets into their'personal space' in a new video clip. Named Ameca, it is built by British firm Engineered Arts, and its development is being shared on YouTube. In the latest clip, the robot, which bears an uncanny resemblance to the terrifying creation in the Will Smith blockbuster I, Robot, takes umbrage at a nose poke. A researcher moves their finger closer and closer to Ameca, until the robot grabs the hand and moves it out of its face. Engineered Arts, based in Cornwall, has not revealed how much the robot cost to make as it is still in development.


Moving toward the first flying humanoid robot

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Researchers at the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) have recently been exploring a fascinating idea, that of creating humanoid robots that can fly. To efficiently control the movements of flying robots, objects or vehicles, however, researchers require systems that can reliably estimate the intensity of the thrust produced by propellers, which allow them to move through the air. As thrust forces are difficult to measure directly, they are usually estimated based on data collected by onboard sensors. The team at IIT recently introduced a new framework that can estimate thrust intensities of flying multibody systems that are not equipped with thrust-measuring sensors. This framework, presented in a paper published in IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, could ultimately help them to realize their envisioned flying humanoid robot.


Creepy robotic head is unveiled with eerily human-like facial expressions and movements

Daily Mail - Science & tech

From Ex Machina to Robocop, humanoid robots have been the subject of science fiction blockbusters for years. Now, human-like robots are becoming a reality – and the latest bot from Engineered Arts is one of the most realistic yet. The robotic head, dubbed Adran, has 22 custom actuators that allow it to move its eyes and mouth just like a human. A creepy video of Adran in action shows the robotic head winking at the camera, moving its jaw from side-to-side and even grinning. Engineered Arts posted the video to its YouTube channel, although it admits that more work needs to be done before Adran is ready.


Elon Musk reacts to video featuring human-like robot, says 'real androids are coming'

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The world isn't far from the days when humanoid robots will be deeply integrated into our lives and will handle major tasks that we are fully capable of doing ourselves. However, some even fear a potential apocalypse courtesy of the same robots that are being developed using artificial intelligence (AI). Possibly supporting one of the two aforementioned possibilities, one of the world's richest men and tech mogul Elon Musk has given a heads up that the real androids are just years away from entering the human world. Replying to a Twitter video featuring a human-like robot, Musk wrote, "Real androids are coming", which might be a warning about the dominance robots might have on our lives in a few years. Considering Musk's previous statements on artificial intelligence, one can reckon that he believes that humans will be tamed by it one day.