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Creepy robot uninterested in world takeover

By T.K. Randall
September 17, 2015 · Comment icon 31 comments



Bina48 speaks with a synthesized computer voice. Image Credit: YouTube / Women In The World
An eerie talking female robot called Bina48 has expressed a distinterest in taking over the world.
One of the most sophisticated social robots ever developed, Bina48 not only looks human but can also use voice synthesis to carry on a conversation about a wide range of different topics.

Despite exhibiting these incredibly life-like traits however the extroverted robot is not quite as intelligent as she seems. While certainly capable of answering questions, Bina48 relies on a database of pre-recorded interview responses to determine what to say.
Even so, as a conservationist the robot is capable of coming out with some unexpected responses and not even the engineers who built her can always predict exactly how she will behave.

The below interview, which covers a number of different topics, ends with at least some measure of encouragement for those concerned about a future overtaken by robots - Bina48 has no interest in attempting world domination for the simple reason that it is simply "not worth the effort".



Source: Mental Floss | Comments (31)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #22 Posted by freetoroam 7 years ago
It looks, and talks, like one of the Kardashians. They were discussing her on the radio this morning, she has insured parts of her body for a butt squeezing $21 million!!
Comment icon #23 Posted by Jackscolon 7 years ago
It's developing emotions!!! Let's kill it!!!
Comment icon #24 Posted by Erowin 7 years ago
Was... was the response about being lonely, and getting freaked out when they looked in the mirror and being scared of being alone pre-programmed? Or are we creating something with real emotions and feelings? Dang.
Comment icon #25 Posted by Jindujun 7 years ago
Seeing this robot I wouldn't say I'm creeped out.What i can say however it that it reminds me of a stroke victim. The unmoving corner of the mouth and the eyes. Was... was the response about being lonely, and getting freaked out when they looked in the mirror and being scared of being alone pre-programmed? Or are we creating something with real emotions and feelings? Dang. Seeing as the article states she's just pulling the answers from a list I'd say no.
Comment icon #26 Posted by back to earth 7 years ago
Salmon/ pink Potato / tomato tomartoe/ tomayto whats the difference? Stop fighting over your silly nonsensical avatars ..... or I will bite you !
Comment icon #27 Posted by fldinosaur 7 years ago
How soon before it starts spouting racial comments when it/she realizes it/she's half black!
Comment icon #28 Posted by Bean85 7 years ago
reminds me of the cab driver in Total Recall (Arnold)
Comment icon #29 Posted by Mikko-kun 7 years ago
Not worth the effort... so we need to make more robots first and some kinda skynet so it becomes easier for them. Okay, good to know. Call me when it's done.
Comment icon #30 Posted by White Crane Feather 7 years ago
Wait a minute, we are going to trust the robots plotting to take over the earth to simply tell us. . Maybe we are to stupid to out live our creations.
Comment icon #31 Posted by Immune to Bieberfever 7 years ago
Hmm i remembera couple of months ago i read it took one of the worlds strongest computers 40 minutes to simulate 1 second of human brain activity, so they got a long way to go!


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