MADRID - Hundreds of robotics experts and their whirring, flashing robot creations gathered in Madrid on Wednesday for a top world congress on humanoid technology.
‘Hello human friends, I am Reem-C,’ said one of the guest exhibits, a 1.65-metre (five-and-a-half-foot) humanoid robot weighing 80 kilos (176 pounds). Robots big and small showed off their skills at dancing , cooking and even training accident victims to walk again.
The 2014 International Conference on Humanoid Robots runs until Thursday at Carlos III University in the Spanish capital. ‘There is quite a big explosion of robots currently,’ said one of the participants, Frederik Bengtsson, a Swedish student. One of 430 participants from 31 countries, he entered a competition at the congress to programme some of the robots . ‘The technology is getting cheaper and faster so it’s a really fast-growing area, like computing a few years ago,’ he said. Researchers are now trying to programme emotional responses in robots , said another expert, Santiago Martinez from Carlos III’s Robotics Lab. ‘But making a machine that can think is complicated,’ he said. ‘We will not see it in the near future.’