Engineers have admitted spooky footage of a robot batting away a human before staring down the barrel of the camera has “freaked them out”.
New footage of a lifelike android fitted with cutting-edge artificial intelligence reacting to engineers invading its “personal space” has spooked the internet.
Britain-based tech company Engineered Arts this month revealed a scarily realistic robot with lifelike facial features and expressions that can “develop interaction” with people. The android, nicknamed Ameca, uses high resolution cameras for eyes to scan its surroundings and react accordingly.
Now available for purchase or rent for an undisclosed sum, the relatable android has a grey face and movable arms and is billed as “the perfect humanoid robot platform for human-robot interaction.”
It can smile, routinely blink its eyes, gasp in shock, scratch its nose — or even have a staring contest with an owner, just for the heck of it — along with plenty more hi-tech features.
According to the company, the can “strike an instant rapport with anybody” due to its personlike nature.
“Human-like artificial intelligence needs a human-like artificial body,” Engineered Arts wrote of Ameca.
In a recently released video, Ameca fluidly responds to an engineer waving her finger in front of its nose, scrunching up its face in apparent disdain before raising its arm to move the human away.
It then straightens its face and looks directly down the barrel of the camera.
“This is even starting to freak us out,” Engineered Arts posted under the video.
Ameca is intended as a cloud-connected platform to test artificial intelligence and machine learning systems. The robot’s congeniality makes it “the perfect platform to develop interaction between us humans and any metaverse or digital realm,” the company stated.
Owners can “gain access to all the robots [sic] data, control it as [their] personal avatar, animate and simulate, all available from anywhere in the world.”
Ameca’s parts are also modular and can work independently from one another, so there is “no need for a full robot” in certain cases.
“You can have just a head, or even only an arm,” according to Engineered Arts.
One downside to the hi-tech robot is that programmers haven’t conquered the “difficult task” of getting Ameca to walk yet.
However, Engineered Arts is planning to have the bot become more mobile in the future through updates because of its inherent interchangeability.
“The modular architecture allows for future upgrades, both physically and software, to enhance Ameca’s abilities, all without having to fork out for an entire new robot.”
– with New York Post