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Should Robots Resemble Us Humans?
Robotics – A Glimpse of Where We Are Today
By: Udayan Banerjee
Aug. 10, 2012 04:00 AM
I don’t know about how you feel about the current state of robotics but I was hugely surprised when I started exploring the state of art.
AI is a field which has never lived up to its promise – real or perceived. For example if you look at Arthur Clarke’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” (novel & movie) written in 1968 you will realize that it is way … way off the mark.
Asimo – The Humanoid Robot from Honda
It can walk … talk … run … hop on one leg … climb up and come down the stairs … open a bottle … pour the liquid … serve it … guide people to a room. (see this)
When asked it can even tell its own height (4 ft 3 in) and weight (54 kg)!
Check out these videos on YouTube — they are quiet amazing!
Are there other similar Robots?
Probably Asimo is the most advanced robot but here are 3 more:
Check out these videos in YouTube:
As you have seen so far, all the robots resembled humans. They have two hands, two legs and a head. They are called humanoid robots.
But robots come in all shapes and sizes. Check out these videos on YouTube.
There are Robots which augments us
Whatever we have seen so far are autonomous robots. Not all robots are like that. Some of them augments our strength or cover our weakness.
For example you have the Tele-presence robot (from Anybots) which is an extension of video concerning. This robot can move around in 2 wheels, can see, hear and speak. You can control it from you PC sitting at a remote location. You can have a tele-presence in a meeting or have an informal chat with a colleague.
From mundane to scary
Will I ever have my personal robot?
Let us do some back of the envelop extrapolation.
Let us assume that Moore’s law will hold good for robotics also that is the robot power will double every 2 years. Alternately, let us assume that every 2 years price becomes half. If Asimo was available in the market it would have costed around half a million dollar.
Based on these let me hazard some prediction:
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