The development of humanoid robots has become the priority of the Chinese government, which aims to mass produce them by 2025. For companies, the road map is simple: take leadership and outsmart American competition, which is already well advanced in the field. field of personal services. With the help of artificial intelligence and against a backdrop of economic warfare, humanoid robots constitute the next technological revolution.
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The Chinese government has announced that it wants to accelerate the design and mass production of autonomous humanoid robots in order to meet needs in industry, services and personal assistance. At the same time, China wishes to become the leading country, ahead of the United States in what promises to be a new technological revolution.
The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) made the announcement through a nine-page report calling on Chinese industries to pick up the pace. The idea is that in 2025 technology will make it possible to develop reliable humanoid robots in order to mass produce them by 2027.
The roadmap is therefore particularly ambitious since the idea is to develop in the next two years machines not only capable of carrying out repetitive and often thankless tasks, but also of communicating with humans, of creating real interaction between people. man and machine. For the Chinese government, the rise of these robots could one day have as significant an impact on people’s lives as that of computers or smartphones in the past.
Ever more advanced humanoid robots
Among the most advanced Chinese projects are those of Xiaomi and Fourier Intelligence. Xiaomi is working on its CyberOne, a robot supposed to be capable of perceiving space in 3D but also of recognizing individuals and interpreting their gestures, expressions and emotions. Combined with artificial intelligence, it could one day interact directly with them. For its part, Fourier Intelligence is preparing to launch its first humanoid robot, called GR-1, specialized in medical action, capable of moving at 5 km/h and carrying loads of several tens of kilograms. Its first deliveries are planned for 2024.
With this announcement, the Chinese also and above all intend to pull the rug out from under the feet of the Americans and become the world’s leading market for humanoid robots. Because, on the United States side, the projects are also numerous and particularly ambitious. The start-up Figure has already developed a first prototype with “human” measurements (1.70 meters and 60 kilos) and equipped with fingers and not pincers, to even better manipulate different objects.
What about other humanoid robot projects?
Ultimately, Figure’s ambition is to produce the first commercially viable autonomous humanoid robot in the world, that is to say also financially “accessible”. Other American companies, such as Boston Dynamics, Agility Robotics and Tesla are also working on humanoid robot projects of the same type, capable of lifting, manipulating and moving heavy loads.
Note that these machines, which on paper are already spectacular, could soon see their capabilities boosted by artificial intelligence. This is how OpenAI, the publisher of ChatGPT, announces that it has invested in the Norwegian start-up 1X Technologies, with the aim of developing a bipedal robot equipped with unprecedented intelligence for this type of machine.
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