27 March, 2020
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Humanoid robot tested
Part of: GS Prelims and GS III – Science and Technology
A series of trials were conducted on a humanoid robot at a government hospital in Jaipur.
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1. Vyommitra, a half-humanoid is being developed by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for an unmanned space mission later in 2020.
Who is Vyommitra?
What is a half-humanoid?
Why is ISRO developing a humanoid?
What are the tasks that Vyommitra will perform in space?
PT SHOT: Fedor is not the first robot to go into space.
In 2011, NASA sent up Robonaut 2, a humanoid robot developed with General Motors that had a similar aim of working in high-risk environments.
In 2013, Japan sent up a small robot called Kirobo along with the ISS’s first Japanese space commander.
3. Recently an exhibition of art created by a humanoid AI robot, named Ai-da was held at University of Oxford.
4. Sophia is a social humanoid robot developed by Hong Kong based company Hanson Robotics. Sophia was activated on February 14, 2016, and made her first public appearance at South by Southwest Festival (SXSW) in mid-March 2016 in Austin, Texas, United States. She is able to display more than 60 facial expressions.
Sophia has been covered by media around the globe and has participated in many high-profile interviews. In October 2017, Sophia became a Saudi Arabian citizen, the first robot to receive citizenship of any country. In November 2017, Sophia was named the United Nations Development Programme first ever Innovation Champion, and is the first non-human to be given any United Nation title.
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