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I’ve only just come across this but back in 2014 Graham Norton had a special guest on one of his shows. The other guests, Gary Oldman, Toni Collette and Nick Frost all faded into the background when Nao the Robot came on to show off. It’s a small, cute and non-threatening little robot that can follow voice commands and generally wowed the audience. Among other things it said a cute ‘no’ to Graham when he initially asked Nao to follow him. And then when it did follow the command it was just so adorable you couldn’t help but be amazed.

Nao the Robot does Gangnam Style

As well as some other cute tricks, Nao showed off mad dancing skills after a command from Graham to do Gangnam Style. Check out this small clip of the dancing.


So far so cute but…

The dancing was cute and all, but there is an argument that this is not really a true example of AI, as it is pre-programmed behaviour. What really stood out to me was something that happened in this little clip here.

Have a look at how Nao the Robot reacts to losing its balance. It appears to automatically put a hand down to steady itself to stop it from falling. Everyone is amused and Graham even apologises to the robot. However, as an example of true artificial intelligence, the implications of this automatic reaction creep me out a little. And we’re not the only one’s who clocked this. Check out Nick Frost  and Gary Oldman leaning in for a better look.

With expert opinion seeming to agree that AI is going to out think us within the next decade or two. Is this something we should be worried about and should there be more oversight? It is really cool tech and an exciting, innovative field to work in but what are the real-life implications of these cute little robots (and not so cute but more than a little creepy – Sophia the Robot, I’m talking about you!)

“The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race….It would take off on its own, and re-design itself at an ever increasing rate. Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn’t compete, and would be superseded.”— Stephen Hawking told the BBC

Watch the whole clip of Nao the Robot’s appearance here:


If they could do that back in 2014, just think about the implications of what can they do now?!

What are your thoughts about Nao the Robot and Artifical Intelligence?