Repliee Q1 (at left in both pictures) appeared in june 10 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. Internal sensors allow the android to react “naturally.” It can block an attempted slap, for example. But it’s the little, “unconscious” movements that give the robot its eerie verisimilitude: the slight flutter of the eyelids, the subtle rising and falling of the chest, the constant, nearly imperceptible shifting so familiar to humans. Surrounded by machines that draw portraits, swat fast-moving balls, and snake through debris, Q1 is only one of the showstoppers at the expo’s Prototype Robot Exposition, which aims to showcase Japan’s growing role in the robotics industry. But given Q1’s reported glitch-related “spasms” at the expo, it may be a while before androids are escorting tour groups or looking after children—which may be just as well. “When a robot looks too much like the real thing, it’s creepy,” Hiroshi told the Associated Press.

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  1. “when a robot looks too much like the real thing, it’s creepy” — how come hiroshi said such a heartless thing about his own creation? :doh_tb: this cute-little-almost-life-like robot looks so adorable here. no? :laughing_tb:
    hey mr. marcel. merry christmas to everyone. cheers!

  2. I must say, this robot-lady looks quite real to me. But maybe when ‘she’ walks, moves, speaks, you can recognize its a robot. :ponder_tb:
    It’s interesting … I would like to see ‘her’ in real.
    But …. nevertheless … I prefer humans to robots …. (at least most of them :rolleyes_tb:)
    And …. Merry christmas to all of you!!

  3. well well well..
    a real looking robot.
    well done to the guy who created her!
    maybe in the future this will be the answer for lonely people 🙂 i think its a good thing in that way, but i dont like the idea that robots would take over the world, do you?
    well my imagination is going to be out of controll so ill quit here 😉

  4. but gertie, between a good robot and a bad human… i’ll take the robot. and i guess, there won’t be any bad robot, hopefully. even if there’s one, we would probably be able to easily change it to be good again. but it’s very hard to change a human when he becomes evil. and yes essy girl, robots might one day control the world. only when there won’t be a single human being alive, robots will rule. :rolleyes_tb:

  5. but how? well one day they will create a perpetuum imobile in a robot. i guess they never has to charge them selves… or they will programm the robots the can do it at the time the “battery” gets low..
    well i dont know yet, but well find out in the future 🙂

  6. i hope that never materializes. i don’t mind robots ruling the world when humans are not around but i’m little intrigued as to how they will carry our legacy when we humans, the creator of these very robots, are not around. will they remember us and teach new robots (kid-robots) about the wonderful histories of humans or just plainly forget about us? will they be grateful enough so that we won’t be forgotten and be able to live through them till eternity or at least until the end of that robot civilization? as much absurd as this entire thought is, i do have this suspicion that robots won’t be giving a tinker’s damn about us. as they wouldn’t need us, they would simply forget about us. i hope i’m wrong..the whole premise is wrong. but if it’s otherwise, if we are destined to vanish into eternal oblivion…i suggest we take them with us when it’s time for us to go – switch all of them off!! we don’t want to burden a machine with our legacy. :down_tb:

  7. well, by the time robots will take over the world, we will be probably not around any more, there is so much technology needed to create a perfect robot, one that can do everything, one that could start a new world…
    it will take a long long time 🙂

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