Recently, we met Ameca, a half-awesome, half-absolutely terrifying robot with realistic facial expressions, designed to be a fluid interface between human and robotic interaction. It’s incredibly “Uncanny Valley”, but nonetheless a remarkable display of today’s technological improvements.
Well, Ameca just got an upgrade. A team of British researchers added the use of the AI chatbot GPT-3, which allows it to speak freely without any human intervention. Their creation was a precise humanoid robot that moves its face realistically and can have a full conversation with you – the future really is now.
“Nothing in this video is pre-scripted – the model receives a basic prompt describing Ameca, giving the robot a description of itself – it’s pure #AI,” according to Engineered Arts, the company behind Ameca.
“Pauses are the time shift to process the voice input, generate the response, and turn text into speech.”
Engineered Arts states that the robot is being built as a platform for the development of human-robot interaction, and as Ameca itself says in the video, could be used for a variety of applications, from hazardous situations to simple companion of those who need this. With the relatively seamless integration between chatbots and humanoid robots demonstrated here, however, it surely won’t be long before a robot assistant greets you in stores and offices, perhaps even fast food restaurants.