Week 8 Response/ Crossing the Boundaries to Become More Human-like

As technology continues to improve, the possibility of extremely life-like robots also continues to become expanded upon. But in what ways are these humanoid forms created to resemble humans and some of the physical characteristics that define our species? According the this week’s reading, humans as well as other animals and species, have complex and sophisticated vision systems which allow for the filling in of details that literally cannot be seen. Take for instance, the blind spot, a physical area in the eye where the optical nerves connect to the brain, which then block out a small part of our scope of vision. Humans are typically capable of filling in that space with a generalized estimation based on surrounding stimuli in our line of sight. In an effort to create humanoid forms, it is also necessary to take into account humans’ and animals’ ability of sophisticated motion. Humans and animals have a wide range of different motions that may be difficult to emulate with the combined efforts of software and hardware. In creating artificial intelligence, there is also the challenge of autonomy and social communication and interactions between individuals. Complex algorithms and estimations must be created for artificial intelligence to gain the ability to act and respond with according behaviors that are similar to the behaviors of real people. Once these barriers have been solved, humanoid robots may become just as real and commonplace as regular human beings. In fact, the development of these humanoid androids are slowly becoming more publicized in our modern society. Take for example, these different androids that look like humans and attempt to mimic human behavior.

Also I just wanted to share a creepy video of an android:

~ Amber Tang 🙂


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