While some experts are fearing a robot uprising, some of us may find ourselves wanting to get up close and personal with these machines in the future, apparently.
That’s according to a leading computer scientist anyway. Dr Kevin Curran – a senior member of the Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers and a computer scientist at the University of Ulster – predicts that as robots become more human-like, people may start turning to them for friendship and even more serious relationships the Daily Mail reports.
His bizarre predictions are pretty similar to the plot of TV series Humans, where people form emotional attachments to robots who have been brought in to help around the home.
Speaking to MailOnline, he said:
It seems that when these machines do act in ways just like adults, where they can interact and talk in real-time, robots will become the perfect companion.
Some researchers have already been trying to develop robots that behave more like humans, such as Bina48, a robot that has adopted the personality of a real human-being.
They’re now hoping to use similar techniques to give computers emotional intelligence, which would allow them to deal with the world around them and help them talk to other people.
Dr Curran believes this could prove essential to allowing robots to become accepted in our future homes.
There is a new move towards cloud robotics where a lot of the processing is done remotely and this has really helped to increase what is possible. Robots are becoming lighter and more mobile as they are not trying to do everything on the actual body – they just require a Wi-Fi chip and a processor. The measurement, accuracy and calculations are being done remotely. We are finally starting to see robots that actually can walk like real creatures.
Dr Curran added that it was likely that the first robots to reach the mass market would be companions for elderly people or escorting children on their way to school.
However, he believes it won’t be long before robots will be used for ‘sexual purposes’. Oh dear.
This is why we can’t have nice things!