Alan Turing, a well known British Mathematician in 1950, assumed if a machine was indistinguishable from a human, then it was "thinking." And the most intelligent went out conducting a competition to reveal the same, lately - putting the machines up against humans to see which of the two was most intelligent. Only to find the humans reigning supreme, at least for the present. Humans have managed to create churning robots with the best human-like abilities as their latest fad, and Koreans master the art. Developed lately by a research team of masters (the state-funded Korea Institute of Science and Technology), is a robot which can dance while walking on its two legs, and also get emotional when it's not indulged in the household chores (an added utility). Standing at 1.5m tall, “Mahru” is developed as a humanoid robot to replace humans in places of work. The robot’s upper and the lower body parts can move independently along with the - lips, eyebrows and pupils that Mahru can move to express its vivid emotions.
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There isn’t a mention on when we could find this human assist barge into our houses or what shelling it would derive out of our pockets in the process, yet it is evident that Mahru will set a pace into the stride of humanoid robots doing housework chores.
We have seen robots with different functionalities and emotions from KIST itself, but Mahru, which dances while emitting two fragrances to go with its facial emotions is a tad different to most we have seen and heard of in the past. With a built-in advanced motion capture system the robot can perfectly mimic human expressions with its artificial emotions.
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Samuel Axon over at Engadget says:
Mahru also releases scents to express its artificial emotions, so you should be able to smell something fishy when it achieves sentience and begins angrily plotting to destroy its creators.
Adario Strange over at Dvice says:
The main story here is that Korea has successfully added robotics to a growing list.