Uncanny Humanoid Robot Greets Visitors in China

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Uncanny Humanoid Robot Greets Visitors in China


Visitors to the World Economic Forum of in Tianjin, China this year were greeted by Jia Jia, a "beauty" humanoid robot that has attracted a lot of attention.

Jia Jia, a humanoid robot showcased at this year's Summer Davos conference in Tianjin, China has been nicknamed the "Robot Goddess," a nod to her good looks and apparent intelligence.

When addressed in Mandarin, Jia Jia is able to respond, with a moving mouth, and can display minute facial expressions. Jia Jia can also guess people's ages and gender.

Uncanny Humanoid Robot Greets Visitors in China

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Created in 2014 by scientists at the University of Science and Technology of China (UST), she's the third-generation of humanoid robots produced by the university.

Jia Jia is connected to the university's cloud computing platform so her ability to process human emotions and interact are enhanced every time the team uploads fresh data, according to a UST spokesperson.

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The robot previously worked as a museum guide, a shopping mall salesperson and a talk show host.

Industrial robot sales rose 17 percent in China last year, according to the International Federation of Robotics, but that was significantly lower than 2014's 56 percent increase. Despite the slowdown, the nation still accounted for more than a quarter of the 248,000 industrial robots sold globally.

"We hope Jia Jia will become part of the world soon," said the UST spokesperson. "In the future, once we create more robots, she will be able to share knowledge with others, creating a robot social network. Eventually, these robots will be able to talk to each other."

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