The Russian Robot with Human Qualities...
20th December 2018
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"A humanoid robot is a robot with its body shape built to resemble the human body. The design may be for functional purposes, such as interacting with human tools and environments, for experimental purposes, such as the study of al locomotion, or for other purposes. In general, humanoid robots have a torso, a head, two arms, and two legs, though some forms of humanoid robots may model only part of the body, for example, from the waist up. Some humanoid robots also have heads designed to replicate human facial features such as eyes and mouths. Androids are humanoid robots built to aesthetically resemble humans." (Wikipedia)

If you've had your eye on the news this week, you might have heard an amusing story.  

Russian state television recently showed footage of an artificial intelligence robot to display the country's technological prowess. In the news report, the robot also appeared to speak in a metallic voice as lights flashed on its face in different colours, saying: "I'm good at maths but now I want to study art and musical composition." However, as the robot, named 'Boris' appeared to dance at a technology forum for school pupils, viewers and other journalists spotted some human-like movements and other discrepancies.

Images shared online from backstage at the event clearly showed that there was in fact a human inside a robot outfit, through a gap between a bodysuit and a headpiece. It was discovered Boris was in fact a human wearing a robot costume sold by a Russian company. Bloggers found the Robot Show website where the suit, identical to the one shown in the news clip, can be purchased.

What do you think of robots with human qualities? Do you think you could be fooled into believing one was the other? Big Think suggests that, "As robots become more human-like, we’re more likely to reject them." So, can we ensure robots are greeted into society without people getting that sinking feeling? Leave me a comment in the box below to let me know your thoughts.

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