Jia Jia is China’s first interactive humanoid

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In the tech industry it is likely that more have been invested on Artificial Intelligence than any other tech development, earlier on Hiroshi Ishiguro, a professor at Osaka University’s Intelligent Robotics Laboratory developed a robot and called it Erica, who according to him is the most beautiful and advanced robot in the world, also graphic designer Ricky Ma, constructed a robot which looked like a Hollywood star, Scarlett Johansson.

Chinese robotics researchers have created a humanoid robot named Jia Jia, this robot can move her arms, make different facial expressions just like Ricky’s robot, and respond to human conversation. Unlike Ricky Ma’s home-made robot which took him over a year and a half to build, Jia Jia was a product of three years’ work by a team at the University of Science and Technology of China in Hefei.

Jia Jia looks realistic, as a matter of fact she could actually be mistaken for human. When she was unveiled she greeted the assembled audience by saying: “Hello everyone, I’m Jia Jia. Welcome!”

Jia Jia at her unveiling at the University of Science and Technology of China

Jia Jia at her unveiling at the University of Science and Technology of China

Chen Xiaoping, the team’s director behind Jia Jia, said particular attention was paid to her eye movements and lip synchronization. Chen also told reporters that the team’s next step is to make it possible for her to laugh and cry, “We hope to develop the robot so it has deep learning abilities. We will add facial expression recognition and make it interact more deeply with people,” said Chen.

Also as reported by XinhuaNet, the team intends to give the robot facial recognition and ‘learning’ abilities, all this with the intention of making its human interactions gradually become more natural. When switched on Jia Jia refers to Chen as her “Lord”, and told photographers to step back when taking pictures, so her face wouldn’t look too fat.

Compared to previous humanoids, Jia Jia looked human, her eyeballs roll naturally and its speech is in sync with its lip movements, Chen said he hoped Jia Jia would become a wise “robot goddess.” He also revealed that Jia Jia was “priceless” and the team would not consider mass production, yet.

Chen and his team intends to take Jia Jia to Shanghai’s International Technology Fair which is on 21 April, here she will be shown to technology experts and also to investors from around the world.

A humanoid robot is a robot that is based on the general structure of a human, such as a robot that walks on two legs and has an upper torso, or a robot that has two arms, two legs and a head. A humanoid robot does not necessarily look convincingly like a real person. While there are many humanoid robots in fictional stories, some real humanoid robots have been developed since the 1990s, and some real human-looking android robots have been developed since 2002.

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