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/ge7RY6-lhws
  3. Learn&Improve (amazing!!): https://youtu.be/HCjBM23nQ0s
  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/Gk8EMa6C1_o
  7. Have meaningful conversations: https://youtu.be/w1NxcRNW_Qk
  8. Drive motorcycles: https://youtu.be/Du7mSCmBxuY
  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/ozmRP98ZWcM
  15. Carry out dirty/heavy work in factories: https://youtu.be/sjAZGUcjrP8
  16. Remote teleoperation and telepresence: https://youtu.be/rEoq7DMgaEc
  17. Work at hotel front desk: https://youtu.be/mpzIQt6l4xY
  18. Serve as a guard: https://youtu.be/NvMNmZNfE88
  19. Perform medical examinations: https://youtu.be/gwF2LjHXtq0
  20. Serve as assistant nurse: https://youtu.be/nQASgh4t2VE
  21. Perform medicals surgery: https://youtu.be/2fnv_3qn3Yc
  22. Carry out self-driving food delivery: https://youtu.be/Qr4QwihLbS8
  23. Substitute companions: https://youtu.be/YzzDLujpat4
  24. Cook: https://youtu.be/mKCVol2iWcc
  25. Dance: https://youtu.be/ouZb_Yb6HPg
  26. Paint art pictures: https://youtu.be/GrEttzMCneo
  27. Walk&Run: https://youtu.be/R5rfT6p5Jbs
  28. Play football/soccer: https://youtu.be/NFNEOooEQX4
  29. Fight&Kill: https://youtu.be/5qBjFZV19p0
  30. Shoot guns: https://youtu.be/HTPIED6jUdU
  31. Perform gladiator games: https://youtu.be/aIvljqOaQJ0
  32. Substitute pets: https://youtu.be/lhESLovHII4
  33. Jogging and jumping: https://youtu.be/uhND7Mvp3f4
  34. Do backflips (this is my personal favorite): https://youtu.be/WcbGRBPkrps
  35. Perform aerial acrobatics (stunning!): https://youtu.be/k7vwvliiDIk
  36. Fly in swarms: https://youtu.be/ge3–1hOm1s
  37. … and many other tasks: https://youtu.be/sZ_-yb-TN9M
  38. … 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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