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Japanese develop 'female' android

By David Whitehouse

Science editor, BBC News website

Professor Ishiguru ® stresses the importance of appearance

Japanese scientists have unveiled the most human-looking robot yet devised - a "female" android called Repliee Q1.

She has flexible silicone for skin rather than hard plastic, and a number of sensors and motors to allow her to turn and react in a human-like manner.

She can flutter her eyelids and move her hands like a human. She even appears to breathe.

Professor Hiroshi Ishiguru of Osaka University says one day robots could fool us into believing they are human.

Repliee Q1 is not like any robot you will have seen before, at least outside of science-fiction movies.

She is designed to look human and although she can only sit at present, she has 31 actuators in her upper body, powered by a nearby air compressor, programmed to allow her to move like a human.

We have found that people forget she is an android while interacting with her

Prof Hiroshi Ishiguru

"I have developed many robots before," Repliee Q1's designer, Professor Ishiguru, told the BBC News website, "but I soon realised the importance of its appearance. A human-like appearance gives a robot a strong feeling of presence."

Designed to look human

Before Repliee Q1, Professor Ishiguru developed Repliee R1 which had the appearance of a five-year-old Japanese girl.

Its head could move in nine directions and it could gesture with its arm. Four high-sensitivity tactile sensors were placed under the skin of its left arm that made the android react differently to differing pressures.

Scientists think that, one day, robots could fool us into believing they were human

The follow-up has the appearance of a Japanese woman. To program her motion, a computer analysed the motions of a human and used them as a template for the way Repliee Q1 moves.

She can be designed to follow the movement of a human wearing motion sensors or to act independently.

"Repliee Q1 can interact with people. It can respond to people touching it. It's very satisfying, although we obviously have a long way to go yet."

Professor Ishiguru believes that it may prove possible to build an android that could pass for a human, if only for a brief period.

"An android could get away with it for a short time, 5-10 seconds. However, if we carefully select the situation, we could extend that, to perhaps 10 minutes," he said.

"More importantly, we have found that people forget she is an android while interacting with her. Consciously, it is easy to see that she is an android, but unconsciously, we react to the android as if she were a woman."


OK, now all kinds of interesting thoughts come to mind.

Keep it PG guys!! LOL

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quote:

Originally posted by Darkling:

The Porn industry will be the first to buy and program it for "brief encounters"

That was my first thought.

You are a sick individual Darkling...LOL

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quote:

Originally posted by Jaguar:

You are a sick individual Darkling...LOL

This is true.

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Yeah. now Data form Star Trek has someone he can bone. not that he would like it. no emmotions.

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Someone get Marvin into this thread, I think this'll interest him

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quote:

Originally posted by Kalshion:

Someone get Marvin into this thread....

I'm still trying to figure why this robot is better than anything from Disney's Hall of Presidents ... which is about a hundred years old by now.

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Originally posted by Marvin:

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Originally posted by Kalshion:

Someone get Marvin into this thread....

I'm still trying to figure why this robot is better than anything from Disney's Hall of Presidents ... which is about a hundred years old by now.


hehehe!

You didn't get the joke I was trying to make Marvin

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ROFL, why is your avator looking so sad Marvin. It should have a huge grinn. Like this

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Originally posted by Soback:

ROFL, why is your avator looking so sad Marvin.

Because she looks suspiciously like my doctor ... and whenever my doctor puts on gloves it's usually just before she tells me to bend over.

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