All over the world, computers are accumulating and dissecting information into a thousand pieces in order to understand, learn and act like humans. This break-through in the vast field of disruptive technology has marked a revolution that is, in fact, here to stay because humans feel the need to get their manual and lengthy tasks done by a non-human entity. This software is, although, being used for something bigger and better, called the ROBOTS, as well. A step beyond performing just manual tasks, robots can understand human emotions and react accordingly. “As machines grow ever more intelligent, they’re emerging not just as powerful tools, but close companions”, says the TED speaker, Garry Kasparov.
Let’s take a look at a few examples before we form an impression that answers the big and prevailing question, “Will robots take over the world?”. You would think that robots are confined to spaces where task-performing is the priority. You would think that robots are limited to manual activities and cannot be used for anything beyond that. Well, you’re wrong! Pepper, a human-shaped robot, is designed to be a genuine day-to-day companion. And NO, his number one quality is not performing the tasks; he has the ability to perceive emotions like a human being.
“To date, more than 140 SoftBank Mobile stores in Japan are using Pepper as a new way of welcoming, informing and amusing their customers. Pepper also recently became the first humanoid robot to be adopted in Japanese homes!”
Pepper has a plethora of endearing qualities, but the best of all, Pepper communicates with customers in the most natural and intuitive way and he is able to do that through his body movements and voice. This adept robot has been designed to ascertain your emotions and select his reaction best suited to the situation. He can get a hold of how you’re feeling based on your voice, the expression on your face, the words and phrases that you use and most importantly, your body movements. He will personalize his replies for every customer and make the interaction more human-like.
Next, let’s take a look at another such example, Sophia. For those you haven’t heard or read about her before this article, you are in for a sweet shock! Sophia, created by Hanson Robotics’, is the latest and most advanced robot to date. Apart from acting as an adviser and speaker in business, she has also been named as the world’s first United Nations Innovation Champion by United Nations Development Program. Moreover, she is also a presenter in well-known conferences where she talks about how robotics and artificial intelligence will become a part of people’s lives. Sophia is an intelligent evolving machine that is constantly learning every single day and her prowess is unparalleled.
What are your thoughts on Pepper & Sophia? Magnificent creations like these make humans believe that robots will become a huge part of our everyday lives in the near future. Although, there might be a list of pros and cons associated with this, hinging on the possibility that robots, might one day, take over the world. Although, according to a few articles, there are a number of new jobs that will get discovered with the advent of the “WORLD WITH ROBOTS”. How does a robot plastic surgeon sound? Well, there are many more and you can leave your thoughts about the same in the comment boxes below! Let’s fill this discussion with wacky ideas!