Hanson Robotics and Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratories are two companies who have achieved a mission of creating humanlike robots. Both of these companies have achieved in making two robots that are incredibly lifelike – one called Sophia, the other called Geminoid. These robots look like humans, and they are capable of showing facial expressions, responding to facial expressions, and having full conversations with people.
The creators of these robots say that they are trying to create robots that are virtually indistinguishable from humans – one of the creators of Sophia at Hanson Robotics hopes to have robots walking among humans one day, working a number of jobs in a number of sectors such as customer service, teaching, healthcare, and more. Scientists say that they can perform a number of tasks in a diverse set of roles, including interacting with the elderly, people with dementia, and people with autism.
These robots are so lifelike that when Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratories ran a test with Geminoid, 80% of people initially mistook Geminoid for a human and said hello to it.
While this is incredible progress in the field of technology with outstanding applications, it is essential that we consider the ethics of having robots like these. What impact would mass-producing robots like these have on the environment? If these robots are being trained to work in various fields, would they be in addition to humans, or instead of? Furthermore, if they’re working in healthcare, what safeguards will be in place to ensure the safety of those that are working with it?
I believe that when working in such a controversial area, it is essential to proceed with caution and take all of these factors into account as we move forward.
Original story: http://www.cnbc.com/2016/03/16/could-you-fall-in-love-with-this-robot.html