Humanoid robots have always been a staple of science fiction. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s killing machines and constructs like the ceilings of Alien movies have always been confined to the realms of fantasy. However, a wave of innovative technology companies are trying hard to turn those visions into reality.
According to a recent report by a research firm globaldata. “If and when that happens, societies will face a moral conundrum: What rights should be given to non-human creatures who look like us?”
Those ethical considerations It’s obviously worthwhile, but before it’s time to roll out the old Turing test, technology has to come true first. Despite decades of trial and error, these humanoid robots still don’t roam our streets, factories, and homes.
However, the topic of humanoid robots has been back in the news recently, thanks to Elon Musk’s Tesla unveiling the long-rumoured Optimus robot back in September. The robot staggered onto the stage, waved, and showed its grasping ability.
The robotics community made the presentation a Mixed response. While some have praised the Tesla Bot’s accomplishments so far, others, like Dan O’Dowd, founder of The Dawn Project, have criticized Optimus, saying it’s not ready because it runs on the same artificial intelligence (AI) used in Tesla’s self-driving software, which suffered from flaws. Serious about safety.
Robots [still] It is developing rapidly, however [the Tesla bot] is laughable compared to the competition,” says O’Dowd. “Optimus is a shining example of Elon Musk’s vanity project, designed to distract the serious Safety issues Tesla’s flagship full self-driving program and the company’s stock has plummeted in recent months.
O’Dowd says humanoid robots will get here, but Musk and Tesla are miles behind. He likened Optimus Tesla to a “high school science product” compared to a commercial one.
“[Robots like] It’s still a long way away from a Tesla human being a product ready to hit the market — let alone in our homes, says Mark Gray, UK and Ireland regional director at Universal Robots. Rule.
How will humanoid robots work?
Experts say robotics will only work if they are safe, capable, and affordable. To achieve all of this, humanoid robots need strong artificial intelligence. AI will help robots “identify human emotions” and complete human tasks, reports GlobalData.
Many companies are also looking into soft robots, which use compliant materials instead of traditional hard materials, allowing them to work discreetly and safely.
“[Robots] You need to be able to create a ‘soft collision’ with anything they interact with so that they can perform tasks without breaking the object or themselves,” says Bernt Ovind Burnich, CEO of Halodi Robotics, which is developing its own humanoid robot, Rule.
Likewise, humanoid robots must consider the safety of humans and be able to accurately calculate risks.
“[Safety] It requires advanced technology to be built, such as a power and force limiter that can reduce speed and movements when a person is detected nearby — or stop all together if there is contact,” Gray says.
Where will humanoid robots be used?
Robots are big business. The market will be worth about $568 billion by 2030, according to forecasts by GlobalData.
says Ben Gurtzl, CEO of Singularity NET and co-creator of the Sophia bot Rule That there is a possibility of using humanoid robots in industrial settings.
He believes that humanoid robots, by being the same size as opposed to the different shapes and forms that humans come in, will create a large number of advantages.
“There is a long history of robotics that suggests that there are greater advantages to having differently shaped bodies,” says Guertzl. “Experience has found that what really works is reanalyzing the entire manufacturing process around the strengths and weaknesses of AI bots, rather than the strengths and weaknesses of the human mind and body.”
Humanoid robots can also be used in areas such as healthcare, education and social work, provided they have strong artificial intelligence and efficient hardware.
However, just like any other piece of innovative technology, there is a risk that the introduction of humanoid robots will displace human workers. Therefore, experts are understandably calling on policy makers to tread carefully when signing off on the implementation of these bots.
“The successful integration of humanoid robots into our society will depend on policymakers being able to capitalize on the economic benefits that robots provide while minimizing negative social impacts,” Martina Ravini, an analyst at GlobalData, tells Verdict.
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