Artificial intelligence technology is constantly improving. Robots are becoming more and more a part of our future; from learning, human social skills, to remembering human faces and creating friendships.
There are eight of the most advanced robots in existence.
Asimo by Honda
During the 1980s, Honda diverted from its usual product lines of cars, motorcycles, aircraft and power equipment. It embarked on a side project in the artificial intelligence Department.
The final product was a humanoid robot called ASIMO which stands for Advanced Step In Innovative MObility. ASIMO debuted in the year 2000 and was the first robot to walk on two legs. The four-foot, three inch tall, 119 pound robot was designed to help people with the daily demands of their lives.
It can recognize multiple moving objects and calculate their distance, interpret human voice, commands and gestures such as a wave or a handshake and navigates autonomously courtesy of a laser, infrared and ultrasonic sensors.
Throughout its body, in addition to being the first bipedal humanoid robot, ASIMO established a few other claims to fame, including playing soccer with former US President Barack Obama and establishing a long lasting friendship with TV host Kelly Ripa. Despite being considered one of the most advanced humanoid robots of all time, Honda announced plans to take ASIMO out of production in June 2018.
It appears as if the company has bigger things in store for their robotics line. Months prior at the annual CES trade show in Las Vegas, the company had revealed plans to design a quartet of robots under the name of 3E concept instead of creating one robot that performs a multitude of functions.
The 3E concept creations will work harmoniously to improve the lives of humans by having each robot focus on a specific set of tasks. As of September 2018, the retail price of a NASA MOU was quoted at around two million five hundred thousand dollars.
Valkyrie is a six foot two inch tall, 300 pound robot that was developed by NASA’s Johnson Space Center in partnership with Texas and the University of Texas. The robot was designed for the 2015 DARPA Robotics Challenge; a contest that sought to create semi-autonomous ground robots for use and conditions that are deemed too hazardous for humans.
Scientists hope that Valkyrie may someday assist with the human colonization of Mars. There are certainly a lot of maybes involved with the project and although humans are nowhere close to establishing a civilization on the red planet, scientists are always thinking ahead. If humans are to ever form a successful colony on Mars, some preliminary investigating must be done using artificial intelligence.
Valkyrie was designed to withstand exposure to atmospheric conditions that we humans cannot currently tolerate. The robot is also being developed to mine resources, build habitats and provide disaster relief along the surface of Mars. Scientists hope to eventually see Valkyrie working alongside astronauts.
Atlas is a bipedal humanoid robot that was created by the US based engineering and robotics company, Boston Dynamics and which was revealed to the public in 2013. The project was funded and overseen by DARPA; an agency of the United States Department of Defense, that is responsible for the development of emerging technology for use by the American military.
The design for the 6 foot tall, 330 pound robot was based on the company’s earlier PETMAN robot and is made of aluminum and titanium. Atlas was created for military purposes including various tasks associated with search and rescue missions and has proven to be rather durable.
The robot can climb independently and navigate rough terrain, using its four hydraulically actuated limbs and possesses two vision systems, consisting of a laser rangefinder and stereo cameras. Atlas competed against Valkyrie in the 2015 DARPA Robotics Challenge and placed second in the finals.
Since then, the primary focus has been on improving Atlas. In a February 2016 video posted to YouTube by Boston Dynamics, Atlas demonstrated an improved ability to traverse rough terrain and a capability of operating both indoors and outdoors.
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