These chromosomes would allow robots to feel lusty, and could eventually lead to them reproducing. So far the scientist developed only 14 chromosomes, but future species will be endowed with more complex “genetics”. Kim is now working working on the equivalent of X and Y chromosomes that would confer sexual characteristics, “so that if male and female like each other, they could have their own children.”
According to the engineer, a software, to be installed in a robot within the next three months, will give the machines the ability to reason, desire and to “feel” happy, sad, angry, sleepy, hungry or afraid. The computer code is modelled on human DNA.
Kim Jong-Hwan comments: “Robots will have their own personalities and emotion and – as films like I Robot warn – that could be very dangerous for humanity. If we can provide a robot with good – soft – chromosomes, they may not be such a threat.”