David Hanson, robotics designer at Hanson Robotics, believes that in 20 years time robots will be indistinguishable from humans, and will walk among us. Robots will help us, play with us and teach us, he predicts that they will be our friends.
But if you read comments on YouTube (which I wish I wasn’t so tempted to do), nearly everyone commenting worries about robots killing us and taking over the planet.
People are also concerned about robot’s “dead eyes”, however I have to say that Hanson’s newest robot, Sophia, shown in the following video, is not quite as creepy as many of the others I have seen. After watching the video a few times I am getting used to her look and think that after an initial freaked-out reaction, I could get used to working with this machine. Sophia must be fairly realistic because it seems strange to call “her” a machine. Watch the video and see what you think . . .
Howard Hughes is a professional broadcaster who, in his spare time, runs a fascinating Podcast entitled “The Unexplained”. His Podcast on 13th August this year featured an interview with the Founder of XCOR, Michiel Mol from Amsterdam who aims to be first to start civilian space flights.
I’m including a brief transcript from near the end of the interview because it is of interest here:
Howard Hughes: You said that you will always want to be involved in this, in XCOR and what it does, but you might want to change your role and maybe move away from the day to day stuff once it is all up and running. What does a man who has done that, do next?
Michiel Mol: Robotics.
Howard Hughes: Oh really.
Michiel Mol: Robotics and deep learning, intelligent computers. That, during my studies at university, was my key focus, and I’ve loved creating robots all my life and doing artificial intelligence stuff, I think that also will be something that will change the world for ever.
The whole interview is well worth a listen, and if you have an interest in any “unexplained” topics ranging from UFOs to reincarnation, you will find the blog a very entertaining way to spend an hour.
The Unexplained Podcast
XCOR Space Expeditions
If you had the chance to live for ever, or at least as long as your brain could survive, would you take it. I don’t mean your brain surviving in a tank for medical science to poke and prod, but in a new body? What if that body was man-made, a robotic body of shiny metal and plastic that was controlled by your newly transplanted brain.
Perhaps you could keep your fleshy body until you were old, or until your heart became weak, and then be offered the chance to go on in a new form? Would you take the chance and have your brain transplanted ?
What if you were the very first person to take that chance? What could possibly go wrong?