21 August 2009 Humanlike robots: the upcoming revolution in robotics
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Humans have always sought to imitate the human appearance, functions and intelligence. Human-like robots, which for many years have been a science fiction, are increasingly becoming an engineering reality resulting from the many advances in biologically inspired technologies. These biomimetic technologies include artificial intelligence, artificial vision and hearing as well as artificial muscles, also known as electroactive polymers (EAP). Robots, such as the vacuum cleaner Rumba and the robotic lawnmower, that don't have human shape, are already finding growing use in homes worldwide. As opposed to other human-made machines and devices, this technology raises also various questions and concerns and they need to be addressed as the technology advances. These include the need to prevent accidents, deliberate harm, or their use in crime. In this paper the state-of-the-art of the ultimate goal of biomimetics, the development of humanlike robots, the potentials and the challenges are reviewed.
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Yoseph Bar-Cohen, Yoseph Bar-Cohen, } "Humanlike robots: the upcoming revolution in robotics", Proc. SPIE 7401, Biomimetics and Bioinspiration, 740102 (21 August 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.824088; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.824088
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