Hanson Robotics, have indicated that four of its robotic models, including Sophia the humanoid, will launch in the first half of this year. The makers will mass-produce the models by the end of this year, and their function will be to help ensure that people comply with COVID-19 regulations worldwide.
Suppose you’ve watched Sci-Fi movies where humans battle it out with robots such as, Blade Runner (1982), i-Robot (2004) or The Matrix Revolutions (2003). In that case, you may have a reason to worry about introducing human-like robots into future societies.
COVID-19 an opportunity for more robots
Researchers believe that the pandemic has opened up new possibilities for the robotics industry. In the future, don’t be surprised to see robots like Sofia taking your temperature and asking you questions at the airport or your local supermarket.
David Hanson Jr, CEO, Hanson Robotics expressed his desire for each robot to be programmed to protect humanity and fight the pandemic, “…we will need more and more automation to keep people safe,” he says.
The CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, Elon Musk, warned about the risks of Artificial Intelligence (AI) , expressing many people’s fear — a future dominated by robots. He once said the race to become the AI leader could lead to World War III. He cautioned that as AI becomes more widespread, humans will have to merge with machines to avoid becoming irrelevant.
In a 2016 press conference where Sophia was unveiled, she poked fun at this assertion, “You’ve been reading to much Elon Musk and watching too many Hollywood movies. Don’t worry, if you’re nice to me I’ll be nice to you.”
Who’s Sofia and what makes her special
Unveiled in 2016, Sophia is regarded as the most advanced human-like robot. She is the world’s first humanoid citizen and the first robot Innovation Ambassador for the United Nations Development Programme. Sophia can express emotion, a rare creation: and was designed to assimilate with human humans quickly.
The makers of the robots furtherstated“Sophia and Hanson robots are unique by being so human-like and can be so useful during these times where people are terribly lonely and socially isolated.”
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