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Humanoid robot expert reveals the biggest challenges we face with AI bots in the future

Humanoid robot expert reveals the biggest challenges we face with AI bots in the future

AI isn't capable of replacing us just yet.

Is AI up to scratch to really replace our everyday tasks?

Well, the answer is simply no - not yet.

As artificial intelligence continues to evolve, the integration of AI with humanoid robotics is expected to enhance their capabilities. But there are still some barriers to overcome.

Professor Robert Reiner at the Department of Health Sciences and Technology, ETH Zurich explained that humanoid robots can be hard to control.

Giving examples of the types of robots that are hard to control, the professor said: "Sensors, actuators, and computers have to collaborate in a fast manner to produce successful, smooth, functional movements."

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ktsimage / Getty

Another issue is the limited battery power of the AI robots.

"Batteries get empty after 1-2 hours," stated Reiner.

"We have to make the machines more energy efficient – or tether them."

The problem with tethering the robots to power cables, however, is that it would limit their ability to mimic human behaviour. Essentially, humans don't tend to be attached to cables.

Moreover, the robots wouldn't be much good for 'outdoor use', the humanoid robot expert explained.

Optimisation is another recognised problem when working with AI robots.

In the words of Reiner: "To merge the structural components into one small and mobile system is not yet solved.

"We have to reduce size and energy consumption, but not on the cost of movement performance, where AI can help us."

Despite the challenges, the expert believes that we will one day see humanoid robots superior to us in many ways.

Yuichiro Chino / Getty
Yuichiro Chino / Getty

"I do think so. It is only a matter of time. However, it will take longer than most people think," Reiner claimed.

"We have already better technical components that outperform human structures."

So, no need to worry just yet.

Furthermore, Reiner has stated in the past that the impact of superior humanoids could be concerning in the near future, leaving some jobs obsolete.

Some workforces and skills could become redundant.

"Humans and their work power get obsolete. This will lesser be an economic problem rather than a psychological one," the expert concluded.

"What shall we do with our time and how will we feel, if we don’t have a task, and no satisfaction at work anymore?".

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