Evan Rachel Wood Just As Disturbed by Humanoid Sophia As Everyone ElseMIT’s Thread-Like Robot Slides Through Blood Vessels In the Brain Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. It’s not a question of if or when robots will join the workforce—but whose jobs they will take.Japan’s Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) developed a prototype humanoid aimed at eventually replacing human laborers.The HRP-5P bot stands 6 feet tall, with two arms, two legs, and an impressive squat.It is the latest in a growing family of androids, which began in 1998 with HRP-1, and most recently saw HRP-2 Reinforcement participate in the 2015 DARPA Robotics Challenge.Over the last two decades, AIST has achieved semi-autonomous execution of tasks “such as irregular terrain walking and valve turning based on measurements,” according to a translated press release.But when tested on heavy work—such as construction of a wall of gypsum board—their robots “lacked physical ability … sufficient to simulate human motion in a complicated environment.”“Therefore, AIST decided to develop a humanoid robot HRP-5P with physical abilities capable of substituting human hard work,” the Institute said.Methodical and precise, the cyborg isn’t going to win any races. In fact, it would probably slow production to a crawl. But with uber-flexible joints and a lack of emotional attachments, it will surely be effective.Japan’s declining birthrate and aging population both point to an unstable future—one in which industries like construction will fall into “serious manual shortages,” AIST said, adding that “It is urgent to solve this problem by robot technology.”There is also the concern about people working in dangerous environments, with heavy equipment and materials—heavy enough to cause long-term damage in case of an accident.“Humanoid robots have a body structure similar to human beings,” the Institute said, adding that “it is possible” to swap people for machines “without changing the working environment.”Moving forward, engineers plan to promote HRP-5P as an autonomous research and development platform, which could one day replace people at work sites of buildings, houses, aircraft, and ships.Folks visiting this month’s World Robot Expo 2018 in Tokyo can visit AIST to catch a glimpse of the prototype humanoid.Humanoid colleagues may not be all they’re cracked up to be, though. Check out Geek’s roundup of 11 robots that are going to steal your jobs, and stay up to date on the latest cyborg news here.