Robots have been illustrated as humans’ mechanical servants, but experts are determined to turn these cyborgs into emotional synthetic beings.
Now, researchers brought the two of the world's most advanced robots together to test their reactions by showing them the trailer for the horror flick ‘Morgan’.
Edi vocalizes its fear with phrases such as ‘Oh no, I can’t watch’ and although FACE is silent, it offers its ‘thoughts' by eerily moving its eyes, mouth and head.
TWO OF THE MOST ADVANCED ROBOTS IN THE WORLD
Edi (Electronic Deceptive Intelligence) is the brainchild of magicLab.ny, which looks at how illusion can be used when combined with technology.
Edi is a fitted with a range sensors, has long robotic arms and a screen that displays a cartoon face.
As this machine watches the trailer, it makes its reaction clear with expressive facial features on a screen.
FACE (Facial Automaton for Conveying Emotions) was developed by researchers at the University of Pisa.
This cyborg, although quiet, has a human-like appearance.
The artificial skull is covered by a skin made of Frubber, a silicone-based material that is flexible enough to allow subtle human-like movements.
While watching the trailer, FACE used its eyes, mouth and jaw to express its 'thoughts'.
‘Morgan’, directed by Luke Scott, is a 20th Century Fox film that is set to be released on September 2.
This horror flick tells the story of a corporate risk-management consultant (Kate Mara) who is sent to investigate a bioengineered child (Anya Taylor-Joy), and determine whether or not the artificial being should be terminated.
Interestingly, this film seems to coincide with the two robots designed by magicLab and the University of Pisa, as the inventors behind these technologies are also focused on developing synthetic beings.
‘If robots would have the ability to experience emotion, that would start a completely new chapter in who we are and how we interact with these kind of machines,’ Marco Tempest with magicLab.ny.said in a video.
‘That is an equally frightening and exciting outlook.’
Edi, which is short for Electronic Deceptive Intelligence, is the brain child of magicLab.nyc.
This robot is fitted with a range sensors, has long robotic arms and a screen that displays a cartoon face.