Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Which One Is the Robot?

Once again, Macrocosm presents you Repliee Q1 (see related earlier post)---one of those pictured above. Repliee Q1 is a Japan-made robot that wows everyone who sees and interacts with "her." Can you guess which one is the real person? If you think its the girl in orange, you are wrong, because "she" is the robot. Like a real person, it can gesture, blink, speak, even appear to breathe. The guy beside her is her co-creator Hiroshi Ishiguru. Internal sensors inside the robot allow her to react "naturally." What's the appeal of female robots (fembots?) According to sex and tech writer Annalee Newitz, they represent the perfect male fantasy, like a Playstation 3.

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