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Beijing is issuing guidelines on the development of humanoid robots with the lofty goal of mass producing the technology by 2025 and having a reliable supply chain by 2027. Humanoid robots are touted to become the next disruptive thing after computers, smartphones and new energy vehicles as they integrate artificial …

  1. Sora2566 Bronze badge

    "Humanoid robots are touted to become the next disruptive thing after computers, smartphones and new energy vehicles"

    Assuming they mean electric vehicles, have those actually disrupted anything? I thought the only thing they're a serious threat to would be a petrol station, and even then I'm assuming they'll pivot to being charging stations.

  2. steviebuk Silver badge

    Funny

    Will they all include "Sara AI"?

    "Younger and beautiful. Yes younger and beautiful".

    Its funny Sara that you can't speak Mandarin and have a Taiwanese accent.

    1. naive

      Re: Funny

      If they look like S1m0ne, https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0258153/, where can I sign the purchase order ?

      1. steviebuk Silver badge

        Re: Funny

        If you like your women in a hidden box, responding to your questions and then using an Unreal Engine 4 stock footage avatar to pretend to be AI then you're in for a treat.

  3. SonofRojBlake

    "the guidelines call for research of several areas, such as operating in harsh environments, creating sensors that detect smell, and high power density hydraulic servo actuators breakthroughs"

    Two observations:

    1. isn't that research already happening?

    2. is "calling for it" going to make it produce results any quicker?

    1. munnoch Bronze badge

      "loosen your GRIP"

      Steve Martin -- "All of Me".

  4. Zack Mollusc

    Neat!

    These new humanoid robots have an obvious immediate application, replacing the human safety driver in all those self-driving cars.

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    sexbot breakthrough

    All these developments in AI and all they can think of is making a sexbot.

    1. damienblackburn

      Re: sexbot breakthrough

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXz0KgNjK-0

    2. naive

      Re: sexbot breakthrough

      Easy access to juicy content was the main driver and the first successful e-commerce model in the late 90's and early 2000's that drove the development and growth of the internet.

  6. Alan Brown Silver badge

    Missing the point

    Thanks to 50 years of one-child policies (later a two or three child policy for rural Chinese), population demographics are upside down in China

    They are facing an iminent elderly healthcare crisis which will make the Japanese situation seem like a limited preview

    The single biggest application of these things will be medical. There is already a shortage of carers across the board and these fill a gap which is impossible to satisfy with human labour no matter how many cheap Filipino, Indonesian or Thai workers are imported

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