Mathematician Marcus du Sautoy has been to meet the first robot to mimic in anatomical detail the movements of the human body.
The anthropomimetic robot, which has joints, bones, muscles and tendons will, according to Professor Owen Holland from the University of Sussex, bring us closer to true artificial intelligence.
English professor Owen Holland has created the world’s first robot that mimics human form. While the robot does not have skin or blood, it does have joints, bones, muscles, and tendons that “move exactly like ours” allowing it to “have humanlike interactions with the world,” reported BBC News on Monday.
Holland, working out of the University of Sussex, believes that his creation will bring us one step closer to true artificial intelligence.
Holland says our physical form helps shape the way we think and that without a body, artificial intelligence could not exist. “What we’re interested in is how the brain controls the body,” Holland said.
The robot, which resembles a cross between a science classroom skeleton and something from Frankenstein’s laboratory, has the ability to react to and interact with humans, including gently squeezing someone’s hand when giving a handshake.
“It does give people the sensation of interacting with something that in a way is really like themselves,” Holland said.