Thursday, December 29, 2005

Lifelike Robot

3. Ultra-Lifelike Robot Debuts in Japan Quick, which one is the robot? Repliee Q1 (at left in both pictures) appeared on June 9 at the 2005 World Expo in Japan, where she gestured, blinked, spoke, and even appeared to breathe. Shown with co-creator Hiroshi Ishiguru of Osaka University, the android is partially covered in skinlike silicone. Q1 is powered by a nearby air compressor, and has 31 points of articulation in its upper body. [...]
OK, so now we are going to have ultra-lifelife robots. The question is, would John Wayne buy a screwdriver from this robot, and would she sell him one? (mp3 link, 3MB)

Note: sometimes the only way to deal with the absurdity of life is to celebrate it.