This article discusses androids in the present day and their relevance in the future.
|Androids have been imagined in science fiction and have a limited success in some parts of the world. The most successful androids are the actroid-Der2 designed by Hiroshi Ishiguro of The Intelligent Robotics Lab, Japan, a social robot called Nadine in Singapore, an interpersonal communications android called EveR-1, and an Albert Einstein android created by Walt Disney. All this androids have features that are present in humans. Hence, androids are created to emulate or represent humans in machine form. The Der2 android can twist its body and change its facial expression. Waseda University-Japan and NTT Docomo Manufacturers have developed a shape shifting robot that can change its facial expressions. This is done with the help of an elastic mask and an underlying DC motor. Nadine is a personal assistant with software similar to Apple's Siri. EveR-1 has a vocabulary of 400 words and is capable of imitating human facial expressions. It is also capable of speech recognition and voice synthesis. It can also sing and dance simultaneously.
Androids can be the future of many of the activities performed by humans. They may even replace humans in their jobs or repetitive tasks performed at home. Cooking and cleaning is one of the tasks that may be performed by androids in the future. They may also be automated to drive cars and act as assistants to people. They may also be able to man space vehicles to planets, where humans cannot enter. The activities or functions that can be performed by androids are only limited to the imagination. A proper set of visual recognition, speech delivery and recognition, body movement, actions of hands and feet are required to get a proper android moving about. Intelligence can be developed as this set of features is developed. The intelligence to recognize humans and converse with them with ease can also be developed. Hence, this is a field open to innumerable opportunities and can be harnessed for better human benefits.