With the advancement of artificial intelligence and robotics, it’s kind of creepy how robots are becoming more human. Many likely still think robots are science fiction, but every day they’re becoming science fact. Today, personal assistants like Alexa and Siri are in the homes and pockets of millions. Many others have Roomba vacuums automatically cleaning their house, and in research labs, robots have become so much more. If you think it’s eerie now what robots are like, then it’s going to be a brave new world in the next twenty to thirty years. Ready to be majorly creeped out by science? Here are 25 Creepy Ways Robots Are Becoming More Human.
They Can Answer Our Questions
Other than having Alexa, Google Home, or Siri answer all our questions, a super-intelligent robot at Google has started answering more complex philosophical questions, like what is the meaning of life? Another robot named Sophia answered a plethora of questions when she had a 15-minute conversation with a student in front of an audience of 3,000 people.
They Can Become Citizens
Speaking of Sophia, she has officially been granted citizenship in the country of Saudi Arabia. She’s the first non-human citizen.
They Create Art
A robot called e-David at the University of Konstanz is merely a red arm with five paintbrushes and 24 colors and can create its own paintings without the help of a programmer. There’s even been a robot art contest with 25 robots competing with each other.
They Are Altruistic
A study completed by scientists at a Swiss laboratory had wheeled robots programmed to search for discs and push them into designated areas. Successful robots would be kept, while the failures would be discarded. These robots were also given a choice to share their points for getting the discs, thus to help others survive, or to hoard. They found that the robots, on average, chose to share their points and keep the other robots alive.
They Can Show Empathy
At CES, the Computer Electronics Show, a robot named Forpheus plays a game of table tennis, but can also analyze its opponent’s body language to determine if they are experienced or not. If Forpheus realizes his opponent isn’t very good, he provides encouragement and advice.