Robotic Humans – Are we Losing Humanity?

It seems to me that I-Robot, a popular Post-Apocalyptic, Sci-fi  mystery movie starring Will Smith, is becoming more realistic than any one has ever imagined.

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Above is a collage of various robotics that has been invented, in use, and on display since the 2000’s. The life-like robots displayed above are those invented from 2013 and continuing on into today.

Most all humanoid robots that are used use technology originally developed for car-welding factory robots. These robots are ultra-rigid metal bodies driven by super-precise electric motors. Yet, today, these old methods are no longer useful, at least not for human-like robots. A humans muscle movement is so precise that a rigid robot cannot possibly mimic such movement with the use of a solid metal robotic system. However, tyhe ideas to make humans look so life-like and real can be accredited to professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University. He has been testing, building and creating robots for decades and with technological and mechanical advancement, his dreams and ideas are literally coming to life.

Hiroshi Ishiguo has create three robots: youthful-looking Kodomoroid, the adult female Ontonaroid, and the baby-like Telenoid.

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1) The youthful looking Kodomoroid robot

2) The adult female Ontonaraiod

3) The baby-like Telenoid

Regardless of the look and feel of these robots, these robots are still a far away’s away from becoming anything from human. But, before we dive any further, we feel it necessary to show you the mechanics behind such science and technology.

Below you will find a video on muscle movement of the mouth for humanoid robotics — a process much more difficult than one can imagine.

This is only one segment out of thousands of segments needed to create a moving and functional robot. However, like humans, robots have several components that resemble its body and inner mechanical system including:

  • A body structure
  • A muscle system to move the body structure
  • A sensory system that receives information about the body
  • A sensory system receiving information about the environment
  • A power source to activate the muscles and sensors
  • A brain system that processes sensory information and tells the muscles what to do

Yet, out of all these parts, to keep it simple, they are replaced by technology including: actuators, electrical circuits, valves, piston cylinders, and the like.

Here is one robot — his name is Jules.

Here is a baby robot who has learned to express emotion. This robot is currently in the works at the University of California in San Diego. This baby is meant to help children with special needs during therapy sessions.

This is only a glimpse at what technology has come up with since the dawn of its existence.

Do you think humanoid robots should become funded research  or do you think we should stop research for sake of the human population? 

Tell us what you think by commenting on our blog below. 

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