News ID: 170925
Published: 0245 GMT October 25, 2016

Humanoid robot can recognize family's faces

Humanoid robot can recognize family's faces

A humanoid robot which is designed to serve as a guardian in your home for your family and children has been unveiled.

Robelf is a newly designed robot which has the ability to monitor the home, and is to be released in 2017 after exceeding its €81,729 ($100,000) IndieGoGo kick-starter campaign by more than €12,000 at the time of writing, wrote.

According to its IndieGoGo campaign, Robelf can talk, tell stories, take voice commands, teach lessons, make phone calls, even tell jokes.

The primary objective of the robot is to survey one’s house, as the built in camera as it roams around allows the owner to monitor their abode when they are not there with the machine sending a message to the human if it suspects any unusual activity.

At just shy of one meter tall and traveling about on wheels, the €327 ($400) robot is hardly the human-esque robot that many believe will be walking around among us in the near-future, but it is a huge stride towards it.

Nor does it have human-level intelligence, but many will agree that this is a good thing.

The rise of the machines mentally capable as we are is certainly on the horizon, but that is not to say that it is wanted.

Recent analysis on the subject found humans do not want robots to look and act like us as we find the indistinguishability unnerving.

The paper from researchers at the universities of Trento and Queensland, published in the International Journal of Social Robotics, found many are afraid of human-esque robots because they are designed to resemble human beings, [which] might threaten the distinctiveness of the human category.

The paper added: “According to this threat to distinctiveness hypothesis, too much perceived similarity between social robots and humans triggers concerns because similarity blurs the boundaries between humans and machines and this is perceived as damaging humans, as a group, and as altering the human identity.

“We expect that for humans, the thought that androids would become part of our everyday life should be perceived as a threat to human identity because this should be perceived as undermining the distinction between humans and mechanical agents.”

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