How human can robots become?
Robots inspire us, because as we realize how robots fall short, we gain a new appreciation for the amazing abilities of humans.
Video-interview with Ken Goldberg, Professor of Robotics at the University of California, Berkeley.
Robo Sapiens – how human can robots become?
Robots work on assembly lines, repeating the same task with the same precision for hours, days and even weeks on end. And they don't even complain. They are patient, fast and free of prejudices. And they never call in sick – at most, they might break down and can then simply be repaired or replaced.
Tomoni und Pepper - a special relationship
So much for humanoid robots existing only on TV. In Japan they have been on the market for some time now, working in hotel reception areas, serving in shops, or offering suggestions to guests in restaurants. In one case they even ended up being a respected member of the family.
Interview with Jérôme Monceaux, developer of Pepper and Nao
He says, "a robot could not be a colleague or boss, he should be considered as a new species which comes with its capabilities and limitations.”
Slide show: Robots – people just like you and me?
Might you mistake one for a human? Not quite yet, but we're well on our way there. Humanoid robots are made to resemble people in their physical structure and movements. See a few of the most impressive examples in this slide show.
Graphic: Working for people
Assembly line work in factories is now just one of many use cases for robots. In recent years, these robotic beings have moved closer to people. Our graphic shows several examples of what they already do for us today.
Video: Tipping, falling, tumbling: unintended robo-stunts
Walking is a difficult task – at least when you’re a robot. In the DARPA Robotics Challenge, gravity visibly got to the participating machines. They were convincing in one particular discipline: hitting the ground. An amusing sight to which we should not get used however: Only those who fall down can learn to stand up again.