An 18-metre-tall robot has been caught on video taking its very first steps as part of a successful test before it opens as a one-of-its-kind tourist attraction in Japan.
The anime-inspired robot is based on the fictional RX-78-2 Gundam, a prototype weapon in the 1979 anime series Mobile Suit Gundam created by Yoshiyuki Tomino and Nippon Sunrise.
In the clip, shared by its makers Gundam Factory, the building-high robot flexes out a mechanised knee and takes its “first step”.
The video, filmed in the city of Yokohama where the robot was built, only shows the machine moving its right leg.
It also currently lacks a head, but engineers said it will soon be ready to wow tourists at Yamashita Pier and show of its moves.
This comes after a restaurant entirely manned by robots opened in China – with the bots working both in the kitchen front of house serving an impressive 200 meals a day.
And a growing number of religious organisations are employing robotic priests that can recite prayers and even comfort worshippers experiencing spiritual crises.
Meanwhile, a “beautiful” robot has landed an acting role in a £57 million Sci-Fi film after being “taught” how to act by her creators in Japan.
But some people are claiming that increased exposure to robots and automation may have a catastrophic effect on humanity.
Living with robots could even make the human race more violent, experts warn.
Dr Kate Darling, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US, said: “It’s interesting to think about what does people’s behaviour for these things mean for our own behaviour.
“Is it desensitising to be verbally abusive to a robot or physically abusive?
“We don’t know. One of my main interests is people treat robots like living things, even though they know they are interacting with a machine, and what it means in that context to behave violently.”