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Since the beginning of mankind, we have been constantly evolving to provide ourselves with all the necessary pieces of equipment for our survival. From the invention of light to connecting people over phone calls, we have come far away. This is in common terms referred to as technology. But what is exactly technology? Technology is something that we put our scientific knowledge into something useful to use on a daily basis.
We have many wonders of technology making our lives as easy as they can be through many AIs such as SIRI, ALEXA, GOOGLE ASSISTANT can do so many things from composing your emails to controlling your smart home. One such wonder of technology is HUMANOID.
WHAT IS HUMANOID?
Most of you might be familiar with the term HUMANOID, but for those who don’t know, the humanoid is a robot having human-like features like looks, movement, the basic outline of the human body. It can be easily understood by separating the words HUMAN- which means human beings and OID- is a short form of ANDROID- meaning a robot.
HOW DID IT HAPPEN?
Herbert Televox was the name of the first-ever humanoid made by Ron Wensley in 1927. It was made for receiving the telephone calls and answering them with simple replies. It was the first attempt to believe we can use robots to make our life simpler and also no need for them to look all robotty but can also be made to look like us, humans.
Humanoids were specifically made keeping in mind the tasks it could perform to make human life more convenient. The technology is still not perfect; there are still many aspects of it that needs refinement. Although imagine a human-like thing able to perform lots of odd tasks with far better accuracy than humans and far and far better strength. They are made for human’s assistance. By carrying out many dangerous tasks where there is a high chance of injury to human life, like defusing a bomb, humanoids are essential.
There is also this urban legend that states that human can exceed their life expectancy beyond 100 years by replacing their body parts to that of more agile, strong parts of the robot and thus eventually becoming a full-fledge cyborg which is a fancy name for humanoid.
On 14 February 2016 SOPHIA, the world’s first social humanoid was launched. It was created by Hanson Robotics based in Hong Kong. Sophia can do more than 60 facial expressions. She became the first-ever robot to receive citizenship on the globe. She is also able to walk and interact with humans more naturally. However, not all was cheery for Sophia, she also received a lot of criticism from the scientific community. Apart from that, Sophia also has at least 9 humanoid siblings.
WHAT ARE THE USES OF HUMANOIDS AS OF NOW?
Since not everyone has the same technology as Sophia and not as much capital, there are other uses of humanoids in the current scenario. Uses of humanoids can be seen in hospitals, in education and also social use, let’s look at them in details
• Humanoids have been repeatedly used as surgical bots to adopt and carry out surgically precise and stable operations
• Used to assist patients with cerebral palsy, pediatric cancer
• Also used to treat patients having anger and anxiety issues.
• Humanoids have become essential in education as they have more than enough capability to analyze and reason out the situation to support learning
• It also creates a high level of curiosity among the students and feels more interested in the classroom to learn new things especially when there is a robot assisting the teacher in teaching.
• Commonly referred to as assistive robots, provide their assistance in helping out the elderly people and also in hospitality industries like hotels, restraints.
• These robots replace the need of another human being by being one loyal companion. Studies also have shown that autistic kids feel more comparable around humanoids and are less intimidating rather than humans
• The most favored feature of them all was the ability of humanoids to detect fall and medical conditions of the elderly and keeping their care provider in the loop.
Apart from these, small humanoids are also in high demand in the hostility market such as restaurants where humanoids can take your orders, serve them, and even in some cases cook them. One such incredible example is of JAPAN, where to attract tourists many such restaurants have adopted these kinds of services to offer.
COMPARISON BETWEEN HUMANS AND HUMANOIDS
As such there can be no comparison at all between the two since one of them is created by the other. Also, human life is more precious than that of metal. But yes not all humanoids are designed in such a way that they tend to outperform humans in some ways. Although let’s look at some pros and cons-
• The appearance of the familiar being (humans).
• Interaction with the human environment
• Able to perform complex tasks
• Assist humans in daily life
• Super expensive
• Replace jobs eradicating many of the working-class population
• High dependency on humanoids will cause a shift in humanly body structure
ADVANCEMENTS IN HUMANOIDS
Joint laboratories have developed some humanoids wherein they can interact with their environment with the whole of their body. Alright, it’s not easy as it sounds, trust me! Columbia University is finding ways to replicate a human muscle. MIT also came up with a new machine learning tech wherein noncoders can teach humanoids new movements. If you want to get more info then visit skyfilabs.com
WHATS IN THE FUTURE-
Scientists and engineers out there are working day and night to improve our experience with humanoids by making them as slick as possible. In the future, we might see some biopolymers which will not at all be different from our skin those will be high in strength and provide more function than to just sheath the wires and processor. Also, we might see the current tech in progress ‘extreme life logging’, which is a lifelong memory that never fades away. This will help the humanoids to constantly evolve and hopefully, we might see a future where it is difficult to distinguish between the machines and humans.