Samsung Electronics seems to be working on an artificially intelligent robot called Saram, according to one trademark filing and some information obtained by BusinessKorea. The project is apparently still in the early stages, and will address industrial applications first and foremost. This will start off with the application of an AI core to robot arm technology of the same type that’s already being used in Samsung’s own factories. From there, Samsung reportedly hopes to progress to bipedal robots, and eventually into the private sector and humanoid, AI-powered robots that can be used at home.
One of the key parts of the Saram project is giving the robot the ability to walk on two legs with a measure of stability regardless of the terrain. There are numerous research processes already under patent by Samsung, according to BusinessKorea. This means that nobody will be able to exactly copy the way that Samsung’s robots operate any time in the near future, even if other companies create similar products. All of this seems to add up to robots that move in a very similar fashion to humans. It is also worth noting that the project’s name means “person” in Korean. The company also invested in a number of advanced robotics firms recently, so it should already have a good amount of research and existing technology at its dispoal. This all suggests that what Samsung is working on is an android that mimics humanity as closely as possible, while maintaining the advantages of being an artificially intelligent robot, such as being stronger and more knowledgeable than the average human.
While something along the lines of I, Robot or Blade Runner is still firmly in the realm of science fiction for now, Samsung seems to be working toward something of that nature, and other companies will almost certainly follow. Humanoid robots loaded with AI represent the ultimate potential for human-facing applications of AI. Given sufficient advancements, these robots could replace humans in the workforce, aid humans at home, and even provide companionship. Naturally, that amplifies the inherent dangers of AI as a concept somewhat, but also presents a unique opportunity for the technology to benefit humanity.