A British company has launched a new range of Spitting Image characters- by bringing them back as clever AI robots.
The puppets are controlled completely by Artificial Intelligence (AI), which means they can engage in small talk, answer questions and even move their hands.
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An AI robot version of the Queen is pictured above. The robots use chatbot software created by the firm to talk about how they are feeling, their hobbies, and even their favourite films
There is also a mouth mechanism in their lips which moves as the robots talk. They then pull in information from the internet to answer questions.
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The firm found that the trademark for the iconic TV show had lapsed- so they decided to take it and develop their own set of new characters.
The puppets from the original show included former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher- who was depicted as ruthless and strict.
She regularly shouted at her on-screen Cabinet- who called her ‘Sir’ in the show.
The then Labour leader Neil Kinnock was known as the ‘Welsh Windbag’ and was even featured in one episode breaking into Downing Street with his Shadow Cabinet.
The original show ran from 1984 to 1996 but was cancelled after the number of viewers dropped.
The TV series won’t be coming back but Robots Of London have decided to create a YouTube channel showing off their clever characters.
The robots use chatbot software created by the firm to talk about how they are feeling, their hobbies, and even their favourite films.
Lewis Hamilton is also a new Spitting Image character, left, while the Queen’s AI robot is pictured on a podium, right. The puppets are controlled completely by AI, which means they can engage in small talk, answer questions and even move their hands
The puppets from the original show included former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher- who was depicted as ruthless and strict. The original puppets are a far cry from today’s AI Spitting Image characters
The Queen’s AI puppet was taken to a TED X conference to demonstrate the software.
She told the audience: ‘What a journey I have had over to the studio today. I wouldn’t mind, but Phillip wasn’t even driving!’
Responding to an audience member asking what her favourite food is, she said: ‘I am rather partial to callaloo. It is a vegetable soup from the Caribbean’.
‘However, it has been known for me to sneak out to get a big bucket from KFC to share with the corgis’.
The Queen’s puppet also hit out on the Brexit impasse from behind a green screen of Buckingham Palace.
She said: ‘Brexit…Are we in or are we out? Is there another vote tonight or another vote to see if we are going to have another vote?
‘I give up with this country and the useless politicians!’
The Queen’s AI robotic puppet was taken to a TED conference. The TV series won’t be coming back but Robots Of London have decided to create a YouTube channel showing off their clever characters
The Queen’s puppet, left, hit out on the Brexit impasse from behind a green screen of Buckingham Palace. Her AI robot is pictured left, while her depiction in the original series in the early 90s is pictured right
Adam Kushner, founder of Robots Of London, said: ‘The idea of Spitting Image materialised when we were asked to recreate the CEO of a company [so he could] deliver a keynote speech at a conference, as the real CEO was unable to attend in person.
‘Subsequently, we recreated several well known characters and Spitting Image was reborn.
‘The Spitting Image puppets are sold and hired out for events from an existing inventory, but any bespoke character can be recreated within a few weeks.
‘Artificially intelligent puppets are currently being used by companies at exhibitions and trade shows who wish to attract people on to their stand.
‘Our puppets attract attention and with the use of our chat software, visitors to these stands are able to chat with the puppets and gain valuable information about the products and services that are offered’.