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A Nigerian tech company on Friday unveiled Africa’s first humanoid robot dubbed ‘Omeife’, which can speak eight languages including English, French, Arabic, Kiswahili, Pidgin, Wazobia, Afrikaans, and Igbo.
The six-foot-tall human-like robot built as a female Igbo character was developed at the StemFocus Robotics Lab by Uniccon Group of Companies, a two-year-old Nigerian technology startup based in Abuja, according to reports.
The robot has a deep understanding of African culture and behavioral patterns, thanks to sophisticated artificial intelligence algorithms developed in-house by the company’s team of scientists.
The Group’s CEO Chuks Ekwueme said the humanoid provides language as a service for businesses that need to integrate native African audiences, adding that she is a multipurpose and assistance robot.
“It Identifies and tags humans through face and facial expressions, paying attention to a specific item when required. It Identifies objects, knows their characteristics and also calculates positions and distances of objects it sees,” the CEO said.
He added: “It pays attention to a specific person to keep the conversation alive. It is careful and aware of words, phrases, sentences and expressions that are not polite in African cultures. It is safe for the kid’s smooth interaction, it is not reactive and it is knowledgeable in various fields and always teachable.”
To improve and understand new things from conversations, Omeife has the ability to recall and understand old concepts better with new information.
Its features include terrain intelligence, position awareness, advanced gestures, grip and it is also programmed to have a deep understanding of African culture and behavioral patterns.
“For terrain intelligence, knowing the level of ground and stability of itself on the floor, this will help it navigate on non-flat surfaces and maintain good balance. For position awareness, the GPS for location and state-management is for knowing whether the system is standing, walking or talking, Advanced gestures are the expression of talking, hand illustrations, smile and other bodily gestures. Grip is the ability to size, understand shape and how to hold things with its hand,” Ekwueme said.
The progress in the creation of robots,and especially humonoids is pressive to say the least. Take for example the femaboid,Nadine,or Erica Japanese- humonoid robots that do reception work,and have even fooled some people as being human.
Now the big question- would you buy a humomoid robot that has all the qualities of the woman of your dream?Right now there exist robots that are keeping lonely men company,and even do limited domestic chores like cleaning.
With these upward trajectory,its only amatter of time before humanoid robot start" giving birth".
Of course, all these progress,and advancement in robotic science raise a host of moral,legal, and ethical issues.In no way do I see robots replacing human beings,but they will certainly test our ethics,and morals,in their application. What say you people?
I agree. Robots may not reproduce but they will be acting as surrogate mothers. I see that coming
We still have alot to learn about ourselves,and how the human mind works,for better,or worse.I have read about seemingly normal human being, mainly men claiming that they have fallen in love with these humonoid robots.Iam talking about romantic love here.Keeping company is one thing,but taking a robot as awife...wow.Iam tempted to say that one who does that is crazy.But again who is to tell us the" normal way" of falling in love?And just because you deviate from social norms,are you crazy?
Well all I can say is that people who have made most positive changes in the world are men and women who have,courageously dared to be different.Its all good if it will solve a human need somewhere...I think.
A reaction from a disgruntled Mrs. Udeofela:
Dis technology na be no good ohh.Once Omeife de learn how to cook fufu,pounded yam and pepe soup,and da also learn to make lov to your hosbond well well he de fly to Okinawa to get hisself a portable japanese- Ayako Honda.He used to lov my big behind but he de say he is not strong any more to carry am,and dat he lovs small small.
Funzeni watu wenu sheng. Especially ukiongea karibu na rununu au takataka zingine kama echo na alexa. Naweza kupea nilicho nacho lakini siwezi kupea kilakitu nibaki bila identity bila language. Sheng is always evolving, always growing... Wacha nao wa keep up na mimi😎
English; French Arabic and afrikaans are NOT African languages