Erica the Japanese robot is so realistic that she “has a soul” and can tell Jokes … even if they are not very funny
WHAT separates us from the robots?
Some will say that robots cannot tell jokes, or that the human soul is the big difference between man and machine.
Well, not anymore.
Erica is no ordinary robot – she craves human interaction, makes jokes and even has a “soul,” according to her creator.
Trapped in a room and eager to see the outside world, the Japanese android blurs the lines between real and robot, as a recent Bloomberg doc shows.
Its creators even say robots can be warm and caring, with Erica currently trying to loop her circuits around the idea of humor.
Hiroshi Ishiguro, who calls himself Erica’s “father”, told The Guardian that she was “the most beautiful, human and empowered android in this world.”
The bot can’t move her arms, but she can figure out where the sound is coming from so she knows who she is talking to.
It also has 14 infrared depth sensors, to track where people are in the room, and facial recognition capability.
It was created as part of JST Erato – one of the most funded science projects in Japan.
Aside from all the technical magic, Mr. Ishiguro said he started the project to “understand humans”.
And Erica is definitely human, so he’s on to something there.
Speaking in a Guardian document, the robot says she is “like a person” – and she seems to understand the distinctions between people and machines.
Erica adds: “When people talk to me, they are addressing me as a person. I think it’s different from how someone would address their dog or their toaster.”
Later, she goes on to say that she would like to see more of the world and wants to be able to move her arms and legs.
Dr Dylan Glas, “the architect” of Erica, said: “What we really want to do is have a robot that can think and act and do everything completely on its own.”
Erica even learned to tell jokes … although they weren’t exactly detractors.
“Why did the robot go back to robot school? ” she asked. “Because his skills were getting rusty. Ha ha. Maybe that’s enough jokes for now.
A version of this article originally appeared on news.com.au.
As charming as she is, Erica is not the only bot blurring the lines between woman and machine.
Previously we introduced you to Harmony, the Scottish accented sex robot that has “multiple orgasms” and can even throw strops.
And we revealed that a robot, called Samantha, caused shocking scenes after being featured at a robot expo.