We’ve come a long way from dire predictions of AI taking over the human race and futuristic renderings of robots that look like CP3O has a baby with Rosie (the Jetsons’ robot maid).
Engineers crafted silicon skin that mimicked the texture of human skin; They are perfecting the subtleties of expression. They’ve even built autonomous interlocutors capable of learning and storing information based on their interactions with humans and other robots.
No, robots and AI haven’t taken over the world yet, but their brains are in our technology, and robot models can be so lifelike it’s frightening. Here’s a lifelike robot that will blow your mind.
Militarize robots, they said. It’d be a good idea, they said. Actually, for the sake of testing how well a soldier’s clothes and protective gear can withstand hazards, yes, it’s a good idea. Developed by Boston Dynamics, PETMAN was made for just that, and yes, he was engineered to move like a soldier, too. It can squat, jump, do push-ups, and maintain homeostasis.
If we rewind to middle school science classes, homeostasis used to be the thing that defined a “living being.” Of course, that has changed, and maybe because of, you know, robots being able to maintain homeostasis, too.
Though PETMAN isn’t a skinned robot, when put into military gear, you can’t tell. It makes you wonder how soon robots we’ll be fighting our wars for us or instilling peace.