Meet Ameca: ‘World’s most advanced’ humanoid robot is unveiled in a UK lab with eerily realistic facial expressions and movements 

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  • The ‘world’s most advanced’ humanoid robot has been unveiled in a UK laboratory
  • The machine named Ameka has extremely realistic facial expressions and movements
  • It is designed by British company Engineered Arts and is featured on YouTube
  • The company hasn’t said how much it costs to build the robot; it is still in development

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It may bear a somewhat uncanny resemblance to the terrifying construction in the Will Smith blockbuster I, Robot.

But this machine is actually real and has been billed as the ‘world’s most advanced’ humanoid.

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Nicknamed Ameka, it was created in a British lab and features pretty realistic movements and facial expressions.

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Impressive: It could be similar to the terrifying build in Will Smith’s blockbuster I, Robot. But it’s actually real and billed as the ‘world’s most advanced’ humanoid

Named Ameka, it has extremely realistic facial expressions and movements and was created in a British lab

Named Ameka, it has extremely realistic facial expressions and movements and was created in a British lab

Tech firm will pay you £150,000 to use our faces on its robot

The idea of ​​giving a robot your face may sound like the plot of an episode of Black Mirror, but it could soon become a reality.

Robot maker Promobot is exploring a face for its next humanoid robot, which will be used in hotels, shopping malls and airports from 2023.

The firm is offering £150,000 ($200,000) to Brave volunteers who must be willing to transfer their facial access rights forever.

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Cornwall-based Engineered Arts, which brands itself as ‘the UK’s leading designer and maker of humanoid entertainment robots’, unveiled the machine on YouTube with much enthusiasm.

Many viewers expressed surprise at how realistic and humane the machine was.

One user wrote: ‘I know we should be afraid of AI, but this is the first gynoid that didn’t freak me out. It’s great.’

Another said: ‘These are the eyes. When it comes to making something look alive people pay attention to how important the eyes are.

‘They pay attention to the fast movement, the attention, the blink of an eye, whatever is grabbing their attention.’

A third added: ‘I seriously thought it was CGI at first. great work! Hands also look very nice.

Some have compared Ameka to I, Robot from the NS-5 series, a 2004 science fiction film starring Will Smith that sees intelligent robots filling public service positions in a dystopian world.

In the clip, the robot is warming its shoulder before opening its eyes and expressing a concrete look of shock or surprise.

It also blinks several times and looks at its machine arm with curiosity.

Engineered Arts, which brands itself as 'the UK's leading designer and maker of humanoid entertainment robots', unveiled the machine on YouTube with much enthusiasm.

Engineered Arts, which brands itself as ‘the UK’s leading designer and maker of humanoid entertainment robots’, unveiled the machine on YouTube with much enthusiasm.

Many viewers expressed surprise at how realistic and humane the machine was.

Many viewers expressed surprise at how realistic and humane the machine was.

The preview ends with Ameka reaching out to the hand and admiring the mechanical organs and combination of ligaments, actuators and sensor arrays.

It is certainly realistic and at the forefront of its articulation, but the next challenge will be enabling these robots to walk.

Engineered Arts said it’s still a long way off, but added that the face is mounted on a “human-like prosthetic body (AI x AB)” with a “powerful tritium robotic operating system.”

It has not disclosed how much it cost to build the robot as it is still in development.

In the clip, the robot is warming its shoulder before opening its eyes and expressing a concrete look of shock or surprise

In the clip, the robot is warming its shoulder before opening its eyes and expressing a concrete look of shock or surprise

It also blinks several times and looks at its machine arm anxiously (pictured)

It also blinks several times and looks at its machine arm anxiously (pictured)

Some have compared Ameka to the NS-5 series from I, Robot (pictured), a 2004 science fiction film starring Will Smith, which sees intelligent robots filling public service positions in a dystopian world.

Some have compared Ameka to the NS-5 series from I, Robot (pictured), a 2004 science fiction film starring Will Smith, which sees intelligent robots filling public service positions in a dystopian world.

Ameka follows the development of Sofia, which first came out in 2016 and was Super-intelligent human-like head with a realistic face that was able to blink, look from side to side, and talk.

The humanoid robot, created by Hong Kong-based firm Hanson Robotics, is capable of chatting, smiling mischievously and even telling jokes.

The robot made history in October 2017 when he legally became a citizen of Saudi Arabia.

Engineered Arts hopes that America will offer people a glimpse into the future as it represents the ‘at the forefront of human-robotics technology’.

“Specially designed as a platform for developments in future robotics technologies, Ameca is the perfect humanoid robot platform for human-robot interaction,” the company said on its website.

‘We focus on bringing you innovative technologies that are reliable, modular, upgradeable and easy to develop.’

Engineer Arts was formed in 2005 and its first robot was a mechanical ‘thespian’ for the stage.

Who is Sofia the Robot?

In October 2017, Sofia was granted citizenship in Saudi Arabia.

In October 2017, Sofia was granted citizenship in Saudi Arabia.

Sofia first emerged in 2016 as a super-intelligent human-like head with a realistic face, capable of blinking, looking from side to side, and talking.

The humanoid robot, created by Hong Kong-based firm Hanson Robotics, can chat, smile mischievously and even crack jokes.

The robot made history in October 2017 when she legally became a citizen of Saudi Arabia.

This stunt made Sophia the first robot in the world to receive legal citizenship.

While Sophia has some impressive abilities, she doesn’t yet have consciousness.

Hanson Robotics claims that fully sensitive machines could emerge in just a few years.

Sophia herself has emphasized that when it comes to artificial intelligence there is ‘more damage than the pros’.

“Elderly people will have more company, autistic children will have endlessly patient teachers,” Sophia said.

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