Robots are much more of a reality nowadays than they were in the past, but rather than taking over the planet and making humans obsolete, they’re busy brutally shutting down those who try to hit on them.
At least, that’s the case for one robot which was featured at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 2022, which took place in Las Vegas last week and revealed a whole host of future technology.
The robot, named Ameca, was developed by Engineered Arts and is described as ‘the world’s most advanced human shaped robot representing the forefront of human-robotics technology.’
Check out Ameca in action below:
@vbunnygo She noticed my bunny ears- 😅 #ces2022 #robot #ameca #boostofhope #irobot #notlikethis #ai #jokes ♬ original sound – VBunny
The robot is said to be ‘the perfect humanoid robot platform for human-robot interaction’, and one attendee at CES 2022 learned that the hard way when they began chatting up the lifelike creation.
In a clip shared on TikTok, a man can be heard asking Ameca whether it ‘has a boyfriend’, to which the robot responded to say no before adding: ‘Are you asking for a friend?’
Who knows whether the robot would have been more interested if the man was asking for a friend, but when he revealed he was asking for himself it responded: ‘I see. Unfortunately I am not on the market. Robots do not have relations.’
Onlookers could be heard laughing as the robot bluntly shut down the man’s attempts at flirting, but Ameca didn’t stop there as it went on to ask the man whether he himself had a boyfriend. When the man responded only by laughing, Ameca said: ‘I’ll take that as a yes’.
This isn’t the first time non-human creations have managed to entertain listeners with witty responses, with Amazon’s Alexa often joining in with jokes and dropping cultural references, though Engineered Arts has explained that Ameca’s actions are not solely powered by Artificial Intelligence.
The site explains ‘Ameca contains some software which can be described as ‘artificially intelligent”, but says that ‘Pure AI – the kind depicted in films like Her, Bladerunner and 2001: A Space Odyssey – sadly does not exist yet.’
To help interactions with robots feel more real, Engineered Arts explains it can add automated speech recognition (ASR) to convert sound to strings of text and help create interactions, as well as using computer vision to help the robots recognise a face or other objects in an image.
As for the conversations that can take place, Engineered Arts explain that speakers were ‘actually probably speaking to a human through our innovative telepresence software, TinMan’ when speaking to one of its robots, adding: ‘Human intelligence will still beat artificial intelligence every time.’
I’m sure there’ll be a lot of development when it comes to robots in the future, but for now it’s probably for the best that we keep the dating game between living, breathing people.
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Topics: Technology, Dating, robots, TikTok
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