AI robots could play a very important part in the future, and it might be sooner than you think.
Public misgivings about the fascinating technology haven’t stopped robotics companies from making serious progress in the last few years. Already, we have humanoid robots that can recognize human speech, show different facial expressions, or do backflips.
It’s important to note that artificial intelligence and robotics are two unique and different fields. Robots have been around for centuries, while AI is a relatively new technology. Robotics companies apply AI to build robots that can mirror humans’ independent behavior and our approach to solving problems.
While there is still a long way to go before we have truly advanced robots that can be used by the average person, the following robots are advanced enough to successfully complete specific and meaningful tasks. Several have been commercialized and are already employed by companies to provide customer service or act as delivery guys.
Here are the 7 most advanced AI robots in the world:
Digit was unveiled in 2019 by Agility Robotics, a robotics company based in Oregon. The robot is a bipedal humanoid with an upper torso, arms, and legs but no head. Equipped with reinforcement learning support and a control system, it can perform various human actions. These include walking, climbing steps, pushing open a door, and carrying packages that weigh up to 18 kg. While Digit has been made commercially available as a last-mile delivery service, its manufacturer is working on turning it into a general-purpose robot.
The intention is for Digit to be able to unpack trucks and move boxes around in a warehouse. The company held a demo in 2022, where Digit showcased how it could be useful in such an environment.
Servi was developed by Bear Robotics and SoftBank to help serve food and drinks to people in restaurants. Designed to carry stuff that weighs up to 30 kg, the robot can not only move food to tables, it can also collect and return dirty dishes to the kitchen. It’s equipped with 3D cameras and a LIDAR sensor to successfully navigate indoor spaces without being controlled.Introduced in 2020, the product has enjoyed a wide degree of acceptance. By 2021, it was already certified by the National Sanitation Foundation in the United States. Servi is commercially available, and multiple units are already in use in restaurants and senior residences.
Pepper is designed to be a social humanoid robot able to read emotions and interact with people. Equipped with 3D cameras and 4 microphones in its head, it can talk, recognize faces and receive voice commands in any direction. It has bumper sensors to aid navigation, as well as a touch screen on its chest to highlight messages. Introduced by SoftBank Robotics in 2014, the robot was intended to perform various services for businesses, schools, and facilities. Multiple units are currently in use as sales reps, office assistants, and receptionists. These units were bought by businesses in Japan, the United Kingdom, and North America. While Pepper enjoyed considerable hype and commercial success in the first few years, it was reported in 2021 that SoftBank would cease production of the robot due to low demand.
Although it’s still in the development stage and not suitable for commercial use, Atlas is already the most advanced bipedal humanoid robot in existence. The robot can perform varying degrees of motor skills. It can navigate rough terrain, climb, jump, stand up after a fall, and do backflips.Atlas is equipped with multiple sensors throughout its body to aid its balance, navigation, and ability to handle objects. Designed by Boston Robotics, the robot is intended to assist in search and rescue operations, especially in environments that are fatal to humans. It’s mostly been used for research purposes, however, as it still has a long way to go before reaching its potential.
Unveiled in 2018 by Turing Video and Segway Robotics, Nimbo has been dubbed the world’s most advanced intelligent security robot. Equipped with advanced AI, the robot can patrol routes without supervision and detect humans or objects. It can also analyze human activity and detect security violations. Once Nimbo recognizes an anomaly, it can alert the area through sirens and lights. It can also notify nearby guards of suspicious activity through audio and video.
The robot also collects evidence by capturing HD video. It can stream live videos of surrounding activity and send push notifications to security personnel on their mobile phones. Nimbo was marketed to businesses in Australia and around the globe right after launch, as its creators had high hopes of commercializing it.
Up until 2021, Sophia was unrivaled as the world’s most realistic humanoid robot. The robot has a very believable human-like face that can realistically imitate 62 facial expressions. It’s been programmed to answer specific questions and hold pre-arranged conversations on specific topics. Using speech recognition technology and AI, Sophia has been designed to improve its conversational ability and become more intelligent over time.
Hanson Robotics launched the robot in 2016 with the aim of making it useful in the fields of entertainment and education. It has since enjoyed massive hype, so much so that in 2017, it was given Saudi Arabian citizenship. This made it the first robot to receive citizenship from any country.
When Ameca was revealed to the world in a video in 2021, viewers were shocked by how realistic its gestures and facial expressions were. Naturally, comparisons were drawn to Hanson Robotics’s Sophia, but it was clear that Ameca’s expressions looked more genuine and believable.The robot can smile, blink its eyes, scratch its nose, and act surprised, among other functions. However, it can’t move its lower body. Engineered Arts, the Britain-based company that manufactured the robot, has admitted it’s still a long way off from completing it.
How Will AI Robots Affect Marketing?
Artificial intelligence robots can be of great help to marketers in the future. By automating several of the tasks performed by content creators, customer service reps, and call center staff, they can offload some serious workload for businesses. Also, because of their potential to process and analyze vast sets of data, these robots could discover rich marketing insights that might naturally be missed.