8.3 – ALIENS & ROBOTS (8.7.15)

LIFELIKE ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE [4b]

Kansai Science City, Japan. At the Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute, Dr. Hiroshi Ishiguro and his team are developing a series of robots. Artificial humans that are incredibly lifelike, both in their appearance and in their facial gestures.

“When we are sitting, we never stop. Our eyes and head and body is slightly moving. So, we have developed the mechanism to mimic that kind of human-like, subconscious movement.”

Hiroshi Ishiguro, Ph.D.
(Dir., Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratories, ATR)

This robot Part of the Geminoid series is designed to look identical to its maker. But what separates it from other robots of its type is the number of miniature motors, called actuators, used to mimic human expression. While most use ten to 12, the latest Geminoids use over 50.

“Inside the facial skin, these kinds of pneumatic actuators, are pulling or pushing the skin, so that we can make facial expressions.”

Takashi Minato, Ph.D.
(Researcher, Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratories, ATR)

The robot is programmed to mimic as closely as possible the movements a human makes while at rest. It responds spontaneously to being touched or when asked a question. It can also be remotely operated.

“When this robot is tele-operated, head movement is copied to the robot. Also, when the operator speaks something, the system automatically analyzes what he’s saying and automatically generates lip movement.”

Takashi Minato, Ph.D.
(Researcher, Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratories, ATR)

While the Geminoid robots focus primarily on replicating facial expression, engineers at the University of Texas, Human Centered Robotics Lab have developed a robot named Dreamer that can perform an equally impressive series of sophisticated body movements.

“We made Dreamer more humanlike through features and-and shapes and kind of dimensions of a human. And at the same time making the movements much more humanlike by understanding and learning from the human. So, one thing that makes unique the movement of Dreamers is what we call the whole body control.”

Luis Sentis, Ph.D.
(Prof. of Robotics & Mechanical Engineering, U.T. Austin)

Although Dreamer’s torso rests on a wheeled base, a bipedal set of robotic legs are currently being developed which will make Dreamer fully mobile within two years.

“Ultimately, we want these machines to live 100 years unassisted. Without any supervision whatsoever.”

Luis Sentis, Ph.D.
(Prof. of Robotics & Mechanical Engineering, U.T. Austin)

By combining the lifelike characteristics of androids like those developed by Hiroshi Ishiguro with the mobility of robots like Dreamer, scientists believe we might soon see a time when artificial humans will be virtually identical to the real thing.

“We’re gonna be able to actually create very humanlike robotic systems to the point that they are nearly indistinguishable, both in movement and in morphology.”

Luis Sentis, Ph.D.
(Prof. of Robotics & Mechanical Engineering, U.T. Austin)

“You look at something like the sort of entities that were dealt with in the movie Blade Runner, the kinds of Turing tests that were done there to try to spot the androids. I think that in principle, we could have androids passing a sophisticated version of the Turing test that would force the machine to think reflectively about its own consciousness, about its own past, about its own feelings, and I think that this should not be impossible to do, and in which case we should count these beings as human.”

Steve Fuller, Ph.D.
(Author, Humanity 2.0: What it Means to be Human)

In the 21st-century, robots are being programmed to do everything from performing surgery to driving a car. And humanoid robots are rapidly reaching a level of sophistication that was thought to exist only in science fiction. But what are the implications of creating robots that are increasingly intelligent and independent?

In March of 2015, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak was quoted as saying, “Computers are going to take over from humans. The future is scary.” Even Stephen Hawking and Tesla Motors founder Elon Musk have predicted that machines may soon surpass and ultimately replace humans.

“Many scientists and thinkers have postulated that ultimately machines are gonna take over the world. Computers are getting faster and more powerful. Ultimately, we will design machines that themselves design even better machines. If it gets smarter than us, we’d better watch out.”

Nick Pope (British Ministry of Defense, 1985-2006),
(Author, Open Skies, Closed Minds)

But while conventional scientists ponder whether or not robots are destined to take over the earth, Ancient Astronaut Theorists are asking themselves quite a different question: Did this all happen before, perhaps thousands of years ago?

Abydos, Egypt. Seven miles west of the Nile. Within this expansive archaeological site lies the ruins of the Osiris Hall, where thousands would gather to worship the god of the underworld.

“In comparison to many of the gods, Osiris is actually thought to have lived physically on Earth as one of Egypt’s Pharaohs. He is often depicted with a winged disc of the sun. And while many scholars have suggested that this is nothing else but, to worship the sun, that sun, as far as the Egyptians were concerned, also had wings and it descended from the sky. So, in my opinion, something else was depicted: an extraterrestrial event that in fact took place in real life.”

– Giorgio A. Tsoukalos
(Publisher, Legendary Times Magazine)

Although most Ancient Astronaut Theorists believe that the Egyptian gods were, in reality, extraterrestrial visitors, there are many who wonder if Osiris was even made of flesh and blood.

“One of the most famous stories that go hand in hand with Osiris was that he was dismembered by his jealous brother, Seth.”

– Giorgio A. Tsoukalos
(Publisher, Legendary Times Magazine)

“Seth went into a fury and tore his brother’s dead body to shreds, tore it into 14 pieces, had it scattered far and wide all over the kingdom. But Isis, the loyal wife, searched far and wide and found the pieces and pulled it together.”

– Jonathan Young, Ph.D.
(Founding Curator, Joseph Campbell Archives)

“Isis succeeded in resurrecting him. Now, when I hear a story like that, that a being is dismembered and then somebody puts together those pieces and then they are able to magically resurrect him, I have to ask the question: is it possible that Osiris was not some type of biological entity, but perhaps he was some type of a machine or a robot?”

– Giorgio A. Tsoukalos
(Publisher, Legendary Times Magazine)

For Ancient Astronaut Theorists, perhaps the strongest evidence that Osiris may have been a robot can be found in the ancient Pyramid Texts, which describe the symbol of the Djed Pillar as Osiris’ spine.

“Osiris in his resurrected form was portrayed as a pillar that clearly resembles a modern-day Tesla coil. The Djed Pillar was considered a power pillar.”

– William Henry (Author / Investigative Mythologist),
(Author, Freedom’s Gate), (The Judgment Day Device),
(Lost Secrets of the Watchers), (The Secret of Sion),
(Egypt: The Greatest Show on Earth)

“In this one carving at Abydos, it is as if Isis has her hand inserted into Osiris’s back. And so perhaps it illustrates how she was manipulating Osiris. Could it be that the story of Osiris is something completely different than what we have thought?”

– Giorgio A. Tsoukalos
(Publisher, Legendary Times Magazine)

Is it possible that our ancestors encountered highly sophisticated extraterrestrial robots in the ancient past? And if so, might there be some tangible evidence? Ancient Astronaut Theorists say yes and believe the evidence was recovered deep beneath the sea and dates back more than 2,000 years.

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