Ominous new footage of the "world's most advanced" humanoid robot has been released, with the creation seen mimicking that of a researcher's facial expressions.
The eerily accurate copycat robot was created by the Cornwall-based firm Engineered Arts, with the robot Ameca seen copying the facial expressions of human's.
Those replications included blinking, grimacing and smiling as researchers ran the robot off of an iPhone 12 programme known as ARKit, letting users capture a person's motion in real time with a phone camera.
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The ingenious bit of kit is absolutely terrifying in practice, meaning people can create themselves a "virtual puppet" for the robot to latch onto.
Anyone using the camera will be able to project themselves onto the 3D character model in real time, meaning the puppet-like Ameca can replicate the facial construction of a person.
The robot, described as the "world's most advanced" humanoid and a "platform for human-robot interaction", is said to be working closely on everything from speech capabilities to mouth movement.
Engineered Arts said: "The aim here is to build the best expressive capabilities. Ameca is able to mimic to the tiny subtleties of human expression. Yes this is a real robot – no CGI in this video."
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According to researchers, there is simply "no need to worry" about the robots.
They are here to "help and serve humans," is the line Engineered Arts has given to Daily Mail.
But on the AI itself and the shockingly realistic depiction of the android mimicking human responses, Engineering Arts say that they were neither scripted or processed, just generated.
They added: "Nothing in this video is pre scripted – the model is given a basic prompt describing Ameca, giving the robot a description of self – it's pure AI.
The next steps, Engineering Arts have said, is making Ameca walk, adding: "There are many hurdles to overcome before Ameca can walk. Walking is a difficult task for a robot, and although we have done research into it, we have not created a full walking humanoid."
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