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Humanoids Modeled To Look Like You Are Joining The Workplace, Watch Out
By Mikelle Leow, 03 Nov 2019
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Humanlike androids are now ready to assimilate into homes and work environments. Depending on which camp you belong in, you’ll either meet this technological advancement with trepidation or use it as a chance to skip work.
Russian robot manufacturer Promobot has announced the mass production of the “world’s first humanoid android” called Robo-C that not only resembles humans, but can also perform corporate tasks.
As reported by CNBC, Robo-C can be built to look like anybody, and is installed with an AI system of over 100,000 speech modules. At home, it can be both an anthropomorphic virtual assistant or a companion, being able to read out the news or control appliances. In the workplace, it can attend to customers, accept payments, and perform other tasks.
“Imagine a replica of Michael Jordan selling basketball uniforms and William Shakespeare reading his own texts in a museum,” says Aleksei Iuzhakov, Chairman of Promobot’s Board of Directors. “We can build a linguistic model based on popular phrases of a particular person—the robot will communicate and answer questions by analyzing frequent expressions of the ‘original’ and using a certain context of knowledge of this person.”
The android doesn’t have working limbs and its neck and torso have limited mobility, but its face has 18 moving parts and over 600 expressions. Depending on customizability and preferences, Robo-C can cost anywhere between US$20,000 and US$50,000.
Promobot tells CNBC that it is currently manufacturing four robots: one for a robot exhibition that resembles Einstein, one to scan passports and more at a government service center, and two for a Middle Eastern household that requested for bots that look like its parents to greet guests.
Promobot explains that with the ability to replicate appearances and digitize personalities, Robo-C will offer customers “digital immortality.”
Image via Promobot
[via CNBC, video and images via Promobot]
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