MessageToEagle.com - Now it's not science-fiction anymore.
A first-ever talking and walking 'bionic man' constructed entirely out of synthetic body parts has been presented at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum.
The 6-foot-tall (1.83 meter), 170-pound (77-kg) robot has a human face and it cost $1 million to build.
It was made from 28 artificial body parts on loan from biomedical innovators. They include a pancreas, lungs, spleen and circulatory system, with most of the parts early prototypes.
|"The whole idea of the project is to get together all of the spare parts that already exist for the human body today - one piece. If you did that, what would it look like?" said Bertolt Meyer, a social psychologist from theUniversity of Zurich in Switzerland and host of the documentary.|
"This is not a gimmick. This is a real science development," museum director John Dailey said.
The robot - the evidence of medical breakthroughs in bionic body parts and artificial organs - has a motionless face and virtually no skin. It was controlled remotely from a computer, and Bluetooth wireless connections were used to operate its limbs.
"It, kind of, looks lifelike. Kind of creepy," said Paul Arcand, a tourist who was visiting from Boston with his wife.
The bionic creation's artificial intelligence is limited to a chatbot computer program, similar to the Siri application on the Apple iPhone, said Robert Warburton, a design engineer for Shadow Robot.
"The people who made it decided to program it with the personality of a 13-year-old boy from the Ukraine," he said. "So, he's not really the most polite of people to have a conversation with."