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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.


Life-Size Humanoid Robot Is Designed to Fall Over (and Over and Over)

IEEE Spectrum Robotics

Roboticists worldwide are spending an obscene amount of time and effort trying to teach large humanoid robots how to not fall over. We rejoice every time there is even the smallest incremental bit of progress towards success, because not falling over is super hard, especially if you want your robot to be doing something useful. And even though some large humanoid robots can occasionally survive falling over, most of them don't enjoy it very much. Led by Kei Okada and Masayuki Inaba, a team from the University of Tokyo and Kawasaki Heavy Industries is working on their own life-sized humanoid robot, and they've come up with a new strategy for not worrying about falls: not worrying about falls. Instead, they've built their robot from the ground up with an armored structure that makes it totally okay with falling over and getting right back up again.


Market for humanoid robots set to grow ten times by 2023

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A new report claims the market for humanoid robots will expand tenfold by 2023. Current estimates put its value at $320.3 million, but it's projected to reach $3.9 billion within the next six years.


Will Smith tries flirting with humanoid robot Sophia

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He's known as a bit of a ladies man, but it seems that Will Smith's flirting skills are wasted when it comes to wooing robots . In a video posted on his YouTube channel, Smith took Sophia, an eerily realistic humanoid robot, on a date, with hilarious results. The date started well, with Smith cracking open a bottle of wine, and saying: "This is beautiful, I've wanted to meet you for a reply long time. "Being here with you in the Cayman Islands, I've got to say, I'm feeling a little something." But despite that smooth opening, the date quickly took a turn for the worse.


Artificial Intelligence In Humanoid Robots

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When people think of Artificial Intelligence (AI), the major image that pops up in their heads is that of a robot gliding around and giving mechanical replies. There are many forms of AI but humanoid robots are one of the most popular forms. They have been depicted in several Hollywood movies and if you are a fan of science fiction, you might have come across a few humanoids. One of the earliest forms of humanoids was created in 1495 by Leonardo Da Vinci. It was an armor suit and it could perform a lot of human functions such as sitting, standing and walking.