Saturday April 08, 2017

Erica, the Most Autonomous Humanoid Robot on Earth

The Guardian has a short documentary on Erica, a semi-autonomous android who looks super realistic and capable of conversation thanks to an advanced speech synthesis system. While she can’t move her arms or legs yet, I am sure her creators are working feverishly to fix that, as we all know what their endgame is. Are you ready for the real-life sequel to Ex Machina?

Erica is 23. She has a beautiful, neutral face and speaks in synthesized voice. She has 20 degrees of freedom but can't move her hands yet. Hiroshi Ishiguro is her father and the bad boy of Japanese robotics. Together they will redefine what it means to be human and reveal that the future is closer than we might think.