Video: World’s most advanced humanoid robot unveiled
It may bear a somewhat uncanny resemblance to the terrifying creation in the Will Smith blockbuster I, Robot.
But this machine is actually real and has been billed as the ‘world’s most advanced humanoid.
Named Ameca, it was created in a British lab and has eerily realistic movements and facial expressions.
Cornwall-based Engineered Arts, which brands itself ‘the UK’s leading designer and manufacturer of humanoid entertainment robots’, unveiled the machine on YouTube to much excitement.
Many viewers expressed their amazement at how realistic and human-like the machine is.
One user wrote: ‘I know we’re supposed to be scared of AI, but this is the first gynoid that hasn’t creeped me out. It’s pretty cool.’
Another said: ‘It’s the eyes. People take for granted how important eyes are when it comes to something looking alive.
‘The rapid movement, the focus, the blinking, the attention they seem to pay to whatever is grabbing their attention.’
A third added: ‘I seriously thought this was CGI at first. Great work! The hands look really well done too.’
Some people compared Ameca to the NS-5 series from I, Robot, a 2004 science fiction film starring Will Smith that sees intelligent robots fill public service positions in a dystopian world.
In the clip, the robot is seen warming up its shoulder, before opening its eyes and expressing a rather convincing look of shock or surprise.
It even blinks multiple times and observes its machine arm with curiosity.
In the clip, the robot is seen warming up its shoulder, before opening its eyes and expressing a rather convincing look of shock or surprise
Ameca follows the development of Sophia, which first emerged in 2016, and was a super-intelligent human-like head with a realistic face that was able to blink, look from side to side and talk.
The humanoid robot, created by Hong Kong firm Hanson robotics, is able to chat, smile mischievously and even tell jokes.
The robot made history in October 2017 when it became legal a citizen of Saudi Arabia.
Engineered Arts hopes Ameca will offer people a glimpse of the future because it ‘represents the forefront of human-robotics technology’.
‘Designed specifically as a platform for development into future robotics technologies, Ameca is the perfect humanoid robot platform for human-robot interaction,’ the company said on its website.
‘We focus on bringing you innovative technologies, which are reliable, modular, upgradable and easy to develop upon.’
Engineered Arts was formed in 2005 and its first robot was a mechanical ‘Thespian’ for the stage.