World’s most advanced humanoid robot creepily denies plot to ‘take over world’
The world's most advanced humanoid robot creepily assured humans that the machines will "never take over the world" during a Q&A at its unveiling.
The robot, named Ameca was unveiled last year by the UK design company Engineered Arts and can make some extremely human-like facial expressions with its fully articulated head and face
It also has it also features a fully functional neck, shoulders, arms and hands, making it “the perfect humanoid robot platform for human-robot interaction", according to Engineered Arts.
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However, some of its interaction during a Q&A has recently been on display, showing the moment Ameca gave a creepy-sounding answer when someone asked about a book on the table about robots.
Ameca responded: "There’s no need to worry. Robots will never take over the world. We’re here to help and serve humans, not replace them.”
Another researcher then asks the robot to describe itself, to which it says: "There are a few things that make me me.
"First, I have my own unique personality which is a result of the programming and interactions I’ve had with humans.
"Second, I have my own physical appearance which allows people to easily identify me. Finally, I have my own set of skills and abilities which sets me apart from other robots.”
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It also confirmed it has feelings when it said it was “feeling a bit down at the moment, but I’m sure things will get better.
"I don’t really want to talk about it, but if you insist then I suppose that’s fine. It’s just been a tough week and I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed.”
Speaking about the robot's responses during the clip, the company said: "Nothing in this video is pre-scripted – the model is given a basic prompt describing Ameca, giving the robot a description of self – it’s pure AI.
“The pauses are the time lag for processing the speech input, generating the answer and processing the text back into speech.”
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