Today, I was involved in a discussion about the question, to what extent intelligent robots may be able in the future to replace human workers or act as humanoid companions (with or without „emotions“). The results of a 60 minutes internet research brought up stunning examples of what state of the art humanoid robots nowadays are already capable of doing. Have fun watching these really amazing videos:

  1. Recognize&Translate human voices: https://youtu.be/XPAgdRgo3xE
  2. Human „look&feel“: https://youtu.be/bCRCVhzjYx8
  3. Learn&Improve (amazing!!): https://youtu.be/dcZvhP-IqY4
  4. Support you in household routine tasks: https://youtu.be/0XmUaHf-11A
  5. Give interviews: https://youtu.be/adLpVJ9xpQ0
  6. Act in stage plays: https://youtu.be/hl7VG1ZfU4U
  7. Have meaningful conversations: https://youtu.be/1CLy-pur6Nk
  8. Drive motorcycles: https://youtu.be/ISz8Mvs7GcE
  9. Ride bicycles: https://youtu.be/mT3vfSQePcs
  10. Solve Rubik’s Cube in record time: https://youtu.be/by1yz7Toick
  11. Play Chess against Master Champions: https://youtu.be/51b10w3nTS4
  12. Play Table Tennis: https://youtu.be/tIIJME8-au8
  13. Play basketball: https://youtu.be/usgb3BdHRPg
  14. Play bowling: https://youtu.be/6Fve4XQbUdM
  15. Carry out dirty/heavy work in factories: https://youtu.be/sjAZGUcjrP8
  16. Work at hotel front desk: https://youtu.be/mpzIQt6l4xY
  17. Serve as a guard: https://youtu.be/NvMNmZNfE88
  18. Perform medical examinations: https://youtu.be/AYgIaZfBkUY
  19. Serve as assistant nurse: https://youtu.be/nQASgh4t2VE
  20. Perform medicals surgery: https://youtu.be/2fnv_3qn3Yc
  21. Carry out self-driving food delivery: https://youtu.be/Qr4QwihLbS8
  22. Substitute companions: https://youtu.be/YzzDLujpat4
  23. Cook: https://youtu.be/mKCVol2iWcc
  24. Dance: https://youtu.be/ouZb_Yb6HPg
  25. Paint art pictures: https://youtu.be/GrEttzMCneo
  26. Walk&Run: https://youtu.be/BRym2d9hB64
  27. Play football/soccer: https://youtu.be/NFNEOooEQX4
  28. Fight&Kill: https://youtu.be/5qBjFZV19p0
  29. Shoot guns: https://youtu.be/HTPIED6jUdU
  30. Perform gladiator games: https://youtu.be/aIvljqOaQJ0
  31. Substitute pets: https://youtu.be/lhESLovHII4
  32. Jogging and jumping: https://youtu.be/JmqcI-T1SuM
  33. Do backflips (this is my personal favorite): https://youtu.be/WcbGRBPkrps
  34. Perform aerial acrobatics (stunning!): https://youtu.be/k7vwvliiDIk
  35. Fly in swarms: https://youtu.be/ge3–1hOm1s
  36. … and many other tasks: https://youtu.be/sZ_-yb-TN9M
  37. … including participation in fake videos: https://youtu.be/dKjCWfuvYxQ

A lot of humanoid capabilities have obviously already been developed. Imagine the outcome, if you combine the capabilities illustrated in the videos above in one high sophisticated android enhanced by the rapidly emerging potential of Artificial Intelligence.

Citation from my blog „The socio-economic consequences of digitalization“ published on March 17, 2017 (see: https://kubraconsult.blog/2017/03/17/the-socio-economic-consequences-of-digitalization/): „Analog to the logistics, (intelligent) robots will take over as well in other socio-economic areas step by step hard, awkward or labor intensive tasks from human beings – at a certain point of time as well in fields of activity, which require interpersonal interactions between human beings, such as in medical and health care or geriatric care. One of the most important consequences with hardly foreseeable impact could be the sneaky cannibalization of human couple relationships by intelligent robots. To formulate it provocative: Who still wants to perform stressful „relationship work“ with his/her human partner, if „Robot Redford“ and „Julia Robots“ (I apologize for this wordplay) are always available in their best shape only having the well-being of their master in their digital mind? Who already gets horrified by this imagination, should make him-/herself aware, that this kind of developments could potentially have as well positive impact, e.g. with regard to the suppression of (enforced) prostitution, human trafficking or wage dumping.“

Please, feel free to add further examples in the comments.

P.S.: Source of photo: http://edition.cnn.com/style/article/science-museum-robots-design/index.html

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