Amazing advancements in technology in recent years have led to some terrifying robots currently in development. With those advancements come new opportunities that we have never before thought possible. Robots today are capable of going to the furthest reaches of the planet, communicate like humans, and even learn, but as anyone who has watched any of the “Terminator” movies can tell you, this could be just as scary a prospect as it is exciting.
Nowadays, we have robots that can outrun us, outsmart us, and even some that can kill us if they tried. As AI improves each year, it may not be long before they think for themselves. With all that said, here are 25 of the most terrifying robots currently in development. Make sure to remember their names, because some of the machines might just take over the world some day.
REEM is a full-size humanoid service robot capable of acting as a guide, receptionist, entertainer, and even give speeches or presentations in multiple languages. Its manufacturers, PAL-Robotics, state that their goal with REEM is to provide a friendly, interactive information source that can be used in malls, airports, hospitals, and other public locations. That said, I wouldn’t blame you for being cautious about approaching this robot, as its blank, mouthless face and three fingered hands are enough to put anyone off.
The GhostSwimmer is an unmanned underwater vehicle designed to mimic a shark or other large fish swimming through the water. This unassuming “disguise” allows it to perform sub-aquatic reconnaissance and surveillance at depths up to 300 feet while staying hidden in ways a submarine couldn’t. For this reason, the U.S. Navy plans to eventually use the GhostSwimmer to discretely monitor the oceans without endangering human lives.
Another robotic design based off of a living animal, the RobiticANTS are, as the name suggests, inspired by ants. These insectoid robots are autonomous, meaning they can function on their own and react to stimuli around them in real time, however, just like real ants, these robots are much more focused on the group than the individual. They are able to communicate and coordinate with other RoboticANTS nearby in order to solve complex problems. So, it may not be too far in the future that you’ll be seeing entire swarms of tiny, robotic insects running about.
The dictionary definition of uncanny valley, engineers created this child-like humanoid robot with one thing in mind, to test the learning capabilities of AI. Designed at the Osaka University in Japan, CB2 has been built with the ability to recognize facial expressions and gestures and derive meaning from such things, much like how an human infant would. The lead scientist on the project has claimed one of their goals was to teach CB2 human language, and that he believed that there would be a whole new race of robo-humans living alongside real humans sometime in the future.
Roughly the size of a small mule, BigDog is a military funded robot produced by the Google-owned company Boston Dynamics. It has the ability to carry up to 100 pounds and cross rough terrains that would be impossible for a robot on wheels, making it a useful pack mule for soldiers. Being Boston Dynamics’ first quadrupedal robot, the technology of BigDog has changed drastically over time, and it has become the basis on which many future robots would be modeled after.