Ameca, touted as the ‘world’s most advanced humanoid robot’ by her developers at Cornwall-based startup Engineered Arts, recently featured in a video where she shared her thoughts on the future of society in a century. In the video, Ameca was asked about her perspective on what the world would be like in 100 years. The robot responded optimistically, expressing a belief that humanity will have made significant progress in terms of sustainability, equality, and the development of new technologies that enhance our lives. She even hinted at the possibility of humans exploring other worlds beyond Earth. The video showcased Ameca’s lifelike appearance and her ability to exhibit various facial expressions.
In addition to her insights on the future, Ameca’s artistic talents were also demonstrated as she attempted to draw a cat. While her drawing was described as basic, Ameca playfully defended her creation, stating that those who didn’t appreciate her art probably didn’t understand it.
The video garnered mixed reactions from viewers. Some praised her optimism and predicted her potential popularity in the future, while others found her appearance and responses unsettling or politically charged. The release of this video followed a previous demonstration of Ameca’s artistic abilities.
As for the broader context, there’s an ongoing debate about the impact of automation and robots on the job market. While physical jobs in predictable environments are deemed to be at higher risk of being automated, roles in unpredictable settings, such as gardening and caregiving, are considered less likely to be replaced by machines due to the technical challenges and lower wages associated with automating such tasks.