Inside the lab that creates creepy humanoid robots that can hold a conversation (and even DANCE!)

Daily Mail - Science & tech

A team of British engineers are building lifelike robots that can dance, talk in several languages and even scare London pub-goers. Engineering Arts is developing the automatons in a sleepy Cornish seaside town. Photos taken at the firm's factory reveal the inner-workings of how the company combines prosthetics, robotics and artistry. A team of British engineers are building lifelike robots that can dance, talk in several languages and even scare London pub-goers. This robot, described as'indistinguishable from humans', was created as part of a stunt to promote TV Series Westworld Founded in 2004, the company operating from an industrial unit in Penryn, near Falmouth, is a world leader in life sized commercially available humanoid robots.



Present, Future, and "I, Robot"

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"I, Robot", a movie from 2004 set in the year 2035 where humans and robots coexist, but the humanoid robots are really just assistants and labor workers for humans. These robots run on an AI supercomputer called V.I.K.I, but all it took is for V.I.K.I to become self aware and turn the robots on the humans, much like "Terminator" with SkyNet, but with a bit less violence. The year is 2017 and we are not yet at the point where we have AI mastered enough to create robots like those in "I, Robot" and "Terminator", but we are getting very close. The point is, we'll more than likely see robots like those in "I, Robot" before the year of the movie, 2035. The way the technology is going in AI and robotics, we could see mass produced AI equipped robot assistants as early as 2025.


Elon Musk's Tweet Gives Creepy Insight Into Future Of Humanoid Robots

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The Atlas robot is marketed as the "world's most dynamic humanoid," but even that impressive advancement might soon be eclipsed by artificial intelligence. The Tesla CEO followed up his creepy comment with a warning about the future of leaving such technology unchecked.


Facebook could create creepy robots that follow you around

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Facebook has patented a robot with a camera, microphone and speakers that could follow you around and record your every move. The creepy device features a'head unit' with a display screen and camera to track your whereabouts. The automation is described as'a self-balancing robot that transitions from a three-wheeled mode to a two-wheeled self-balancing mode'. It is likely to be presented as a'telepresence unit' to allow video conferencing - although it may have more sinister reconnaissance applications. The robot can transition from a three-wheeled mode to a two-wheeled self-balancing mode, with a'head unit' that can include a display screen, camera, speaker and microphones It's not yet clear how Facebook intends to use the technology.