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Life-like robot wants to 'destroy humans'

March 30, 2016 | Comment icon 24 comments



The robot brings new meaning to the term 'uncanny valley'. Image Credit: YouTube / Hanson Robotics
The eerily realistic female humanoid robot has been designed to look, act and speak like a real person.
The remarkable creation, which could be set to redefine how humanity interacts with machines, is the latest in a long line of realistic talking robots developed by Texas-based firm Hanson Robotics.

Known as 'Sophia', the female robot possesses a strikingly human-like face which combines the features of actress Audrey Hepburn with those of the wife of the company's CEO, David Hanson.
With the ability to emulate over sixty separate facial expressions, the robot is perhaps the most human-like machine ever created.

"I do believe that there will be a time when robots are indistinguishable from humans," said Hanson.

A demonstration of Sophia in action, which can be viewed below, ends with Hanson prompting the robot to come out with the rather worrying response - "OK, I will destroy humans."



Source: CNET.com | Comments (24)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #15 Posted by Sundew 6 years ago
While this all may seem like pure science fiction, the problem with science fiction is many times it eventually becomes science fact. And in this case that's a problem you don't want.
Comment icon #16 Posted by barbco196 6 years ago
Something to think about: WE are them. We are nothing more than avatars in our 'future' selves game of life....b*******!
Comment icon #17 Posted by AustinHinton 6 years ago
Talk about the Uncanny Valley... O_o
Comment icon #18 Posted by LV-426 6 years ago
I'd marry that one. More chance of understanding how her mind works than any real woman, I reckon. The on/off switch would be handy too... Just kidding! *holds hands up in surrender*
Comment icon #19 Posted by Lilly 6 years ago
I'd marry that one. More chance of understanding how her mind works than any real woman, I reckon. Nah...there are plenty of women who will tell you exactly what's on their mind and how/why they think the way they do. Oh, you might not *like* it very much (you probably won't). On second thought: Congratulations, hope you and Ms Android have a lovely marriage.
Comment icon #20 Posted by Pjjr 6 years ago
Combine this guys robotics technology with Boston Dynamics and the robotics teams in Korea/Japan,and these things would probably be off and running into mainstream even quicker! Facinating and scary,especially when you factor in the human equation!
Comment icon #21 Posted by paperdyer 6 years ago
I think the SyFy channel had something about this a year or two ago. It was creepy then and isn't getting any less creepy. Maybe the Russian that wants to live forever in a robot body is really backing the project.
Comment icon #22 Posted by Codenwarra 6 years ago
A good reason to obtain a heavy firearm.
Comment icon #23 Posted by Hartmut 6 years ago
Humanlike ? ? ? How anyone can compare that, that 'thing' to Audrey Hepburn is beyond me! Gee - Just look at her weird eyes, her ugly wrinkled neck and her jerky head movements. Go back to the drawing board - quickly !
Comment icon #24 Posted by Hartmut 6 years ago
Humanlike ? ? ? Gee - look at her weird eyes, her ugly wrinkled neck and her jerky head movements. Hanson - Go back to the drawing board - quickly !


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