The Creepiest, Most Realistic Robot Ever

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by cstfx, Mar 7, 2011.

  1. cstfx



    Incredibly cool or insanely creepy? Yes, that is an actual robot.

    Japanese researchers have blurred the lines between man and machine with their latest robot, the incredibly realistic Geminoid DK.

    It is the third of the Geminoid series, a line of androids designed by Hiroshi Ishiguro, a professor at Osaka University and his team at Japan's Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International (ATR) in Nara.

    The robot has been constructed to look exactly like Henrik Scharfe, an associate professor of Aalborg University in Denmark and is the first of the series based on a non-Japanese person.

    "Geminoid|DK will be the first of its kind outside of Japan," the group explains on the robot's website. "[It is] intended to advance android science and philosophy, in seeking answers to fundamental questions."

    Ishiguro's first robot clone, Geminoid HI-1 was based on himself while the second, Geminoid F, was a copy of a young Japanese model. All Geminoids are remote controlled by an operator with a computer employing motion-capture technology, letting the robots realistically mimic facial expressions and head movements.
    Both Scharfe and Ishiguro were vague on their future plans.

    "In a couple of weeks I will go back to Japan to participate in the experiments," Scharfe told IEEE Spectrum Magazine. "After that, the robot is shipped to Denmark to inhabit a newly designed lab."

    Ishiguro maintains that the group's purpose for the Geminoid is to further understand the "emotional affordances" in human-robot interaction.

    The final result is a robot with facial expressions so real it's downright scary.

    Scharfe's wife though, prefers the original.

    The Terminator age is approaching
  2. Japs love their robots.

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  3. I saw on Nova last month there is some researcher in Texas who made one of these real-life looking robots, and he connected it to the Internet so it could search for responses to questions to converse. I don't recall them exactly, but the responses were somewhat clever, like one was actually funny.

    But why do they always make them look like some old egghead professor or homely female? They have the opportunity to make it however they want. I'd make it a hot sexy sci-fi robot alien woman that looked normal under regular light, but with the lights off could glow blue in the dark, or something really cool and creepy at the same time.
  4. Maverick74


    All the money will be made in porn.
  5. Whoever comes up with a customized super sexy female robot that can have REAL sex, will make billions of dollars

    There is huge demand for it. A demand that humankind never seen before
  6. Some pretty sick shit there!!! :eek:
  7. I wonder if apple pie sales will take a hit.
  8. olias


    I saw an article about this concept a while back. A Japanese robot developer from the 70's (I think) made a realization that human beings only like their robots to somewhat resemble humans. But there is a point that the robots look too human, and actually become quite freaky. He called this area of creepishness the 'uncanny valley'.