Meet Erica, World's Most Autonomous Humanoid Robot

Posted: Apr 7 2017, 12:35pm CDT | by , Updated: Apr 7 2017, 12:59pm CDT, in News | Latest Science News

 
Meet Erica, World's Most Autonomous Humanoid Robot
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  • Erica is a Semi-Autonomous Android Robot that will Answer Any Queries You May Have

Erica happens to be a semi-autonomous android robot that will gladly answer any queries you may have concerning just about anything.

The creators of Erica, a semi-autonomous android, even believe she has something akin to soulfulness. This robot of sorts could teach us human being a thing or two about the future of bionics (biology + electronics). She is a human invention and will be able to walk and run one fine day in the times which are yet to come.

The documentary “Erica” is about a man-made robot that took a lot of funding for a science project in Japan. The group responsible for Erica consider themselves to be artists rather than scientists. What they have done is almost Einsteinian in nature and that is why it is being considered as an artwork rather than a scientific invention or discovery.

According to The Guardian, the Erica Project has philosophical as well as technological connotations to it. Erica is a life-like entity that is questioned regarding her existence and hopes for the future. She not only engages in chit-chat with those who approach her but has an advanced speech system that is based on the latest linguistic algorithms.

Can Erica be considered to actually be alive?

Will she help us humans in better understanding the differences between “wetware” and advanced AI which are at best minimal and may disappear in the future.

Erica is 23 years old and in her prime. She has come of age and has virtually erased the partition between what it means to be human and what it means to be an android. The brainchild of a Japanese robot guru, Erica will stun newcomers with her dazzling linguistic skills.

She was constructed from scratch and made to fit the mold of human suaveness and politesse. The level of finesse and fashionable fitness that Erica possesses makes her so superior to the other clunky and clumsy robots that it is truly mindboggling to say the least. Erica has a pleasant female personality with all the wiles that go along with it.

She also has a liquid voice that ingratiates with each syllable that rolls off her tongue. The question on everyone’s lips is: does she have a soul?

It’s hard to say at this stage but if things continue like this with regard to AI, maybe one day, the distinction between life and technology will wear away into nothingness.

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