Despite the general prejudice that the main manufacturers of the planet in the field of robotics are Asian countries, in particular Japan and South Korea, the other day Iran presented to the public its latest version of the humanoid robot. The device was developed within the walls of the Center for Advanced Systems and Technologies of the University of Tehran (CAST) and is able to carry out unique operations that bring the mechanism closer to a person.
A robot from Iran learned to take a selfie
The humanoid robot Surena, completely designed by Iranian developers, is able to write its name, balance on one leg, grab a bottle of water, drill a wall and even take a selfie with everyone, according to the inverse.com portal. Dr. Agil Yousefi-com, professor of mechanical engineering, who leads the team of researchers who worked on the robot, believes that one of the most important principles for the development of artificial intelligence of the future is to improve the interaction of the robot with the environment. A similar approach was used to create the humanoid Surena. The scientist notes that the creation of a robot capable of carrying out several manipulations at once, was not an easy task for researchers, as it might seem at first glance. The mere design of sufficient sensitivity for the “arms” of the device, according to the scientist, is a real feat in the field of robotics.
Despite the fact that Surena IV cannot do parkour, as the Atlas robot from Boston Dynamics once did, the device can balance better than before, interact with a large number of objects and, by and large, is capable of performing most tasks, that the average person could do.
Due to the fact that the robotics of individual countries develops differently and in different directions, the achievements of the Suren robot can be equated to the Honda Asimo robot that was dismissed a couple of years ago. In particular, both robots can help assess the level of achievement in the field of artificial fine motor skills of humanoid robots, which is an important factor in the degree of their similarity to humans.
If we consider the Iranian robot in terms of design, we can see that the device lacks a more “humanized” design. Although the smooth and almost shapeless body of Surena suggests a hint of a face, the presence of a portal on the “forehead” of the device signals to observers that the robot will never completely replace them.
The developers claim that the appearance of the robot they created can be a symbol of “technological progress towards peace and humanity”. So, if Elon Musk constantly warns us that artificial intelligence will one day become too advanced and destroy humanity, then a robot from Iran can once again demonstrate that in this unequal battle we can still win.