We have made huge progress in recent years. humaN48 has little in common with the fictional robots which people once linked to artificial intelligence.

NFC is now using its self-learning, intelligent algorithms and AI resources which in the past were used exclusively for research and development processes to develop socially intelligent machines. NFC’s artificial intelligence (n-AI) will bring robots to life and allow people to interact with a humanoid individual.

To date, robots have always simulated “life”. When researching our humanoid AI, however, we are adding more and more cognitive abilities with a view to allowing robots to act and interact like human beings. Our humaN48 robotics project is by far the most complex humanoid robot application, one whose cognitive abilities easily exceed those of human beings.

humaN48 powered by nanoFlowcell®

We have installed a nanoFlowcell® energy system in humaN48 in order to gain experience of autonomous applications with a self-refuelling mechanism for uninterrupted 24/7 operation. Safety-critical applications such as robots in particular benefit from our flow cell low-voltage technology and the unique level of performance offered by nanoFlowcell®.

On the basis of 30 years’ preparatory work, the humaN48 robotics project combines NFC’s various deep learning tools and machine learning technologies with the most progressive expert systems, natural language processing systems, adaptive mimicry and movement control and multimodal cognitive software systems.

Over 1,500 microprocessors breathe life into humaN48; progressive machine perception, inverse kinematics and optimized movement programming allow the hydropneumatically controlled body motion system to achieve 95 percent lifelike movements.

Artificial intelligence does not require a lifelike body. In fact, it does not require any body at all. If however we want to create a robot with lifelike cognition, one which can understand and relate to people, we have to give the robot a feel for human cognition, emotion, socialization, perception and movement.

In our opinion, the best way for humaN48 to get a feel for human characteristics is to give it a shell which resembles the human body. As a result, people will react to humaN48 as they would to another person – not as they would to a robot. Our research goal with humaN48 is to create a humanoid robot which understands everyday situations with a healthy intuition, empathy and understanding of human experiences.

With humaN48, we are entering uncharted territory

We have decided to make humaN48 and its AI as similar to humans as possible in order to allow barrier-free interaction between people and machines; this will significantly improve and speed up the learning process of intelligent machines.

With humaN48, we are entering uncharted territory – intellectually, technologically and above all ethically. It is a fascinating journey on the way to completely new discoveries and developments which will shape our society forever – a journey which requires caution and cooperation and which no one wants to make alone. A journey which we can only plan and make with the help of all partners involved, one where we will not only deal with robot technology but also look at issues relating to the ethical and sociological aspects of human-robot interaction and the ethical and moral decisions made by robots.