Technology has been advancing by leaps and bounds. Currently, scientists and tech experts are designing artificial intelligence (AI)-programmed robots that look and act like humans. While they’re not a standard in our society quite yet, this social robot technology is real and has drastically advanced over the last few decades to the point where these humanistic look-alike robots called androids are springing up all over the place – even in Whitney Cummings’ latest Netflix standup special!
These robots are being developed to someday take over jobs in retail, hospitality, health care, child and elderly care, and even as policemen. But are these android robots as human-looking and acting as scientists would have you believe? Let’s take a closer look and see if they really are as humane as their real-life counterparts.
Superficial Robots that Resemble … Us
Scientists have built AI-driven robots that have two arms, two legs, a complete and realistic face with hair and facial expressions. Some of them can smile or frown, sit or stand, and do a number of human jobs.
From photographs and YouTube videos, many of these robots look like humans wearing a wig. However, a more close-up view leaves them resembling life-sized dolls more than actual human beings.
While they can blink their eyes and their mouths move, their faces still have a creepy glazed-over look that gives them a plastic quality. They lack the mobility and elasticity of human skin. In addition, their head, neck, and even arm movements also are lacking the fluidity of real human beings.
So while these androids (“real robots”) look something like humans, their likeness is still superficial.
Do Androids Act Like Humans?
Androids can laugh, cry, and perform many of the tasks that humans do, often better than humans because they are less subject to errors. They are even capable of learning and can mimic human emotions. Scientists have even programmed them to have their own personalities.
However, these robots still lack the entire range of human emotions and various physical ways to express those emotions. While robots can be programmed to show a fear response, they will never feel real fear, love, or even compassion.
In addition, the actions of robots are always logical, while human actions are often illogical (which is one of the things that makes us human.) So, while these robots can engage in human-like actions they simply are not capable of acting like humans in all of our complexity.
How the General Public Feels About Robots
In general, most people don’t like the idea of androids that look and act like humans, and some even fear them – picturing in their minds some science fiction experiment gone wrong like The Stepford Wives or other movies about rogue, evil robots. Many are worried that robots will take over their jobs and still others feel that these robots are creepy.
However you feel about these android robots, scientists will continue to develop this technology until someday you may not be able to tell who is a robot and who is a real human until you spend a good deal of time with one.