The latest Geminoid robot is one of the most realistic, and thus creepiest, android we've ever seen. The skin, hair, goatee (!), and facial expressions are real enough to fool you for a few seconds while it sinks in that something very, very weird is going on.
This specific model is called the Geminoid DK, and it comes from the same studio that gave us the robotic actress, Geminoid F. The DK is the first Geminoid model that's based on a non-Japanese person (in this case, Associate Professor Henrik Scharfe of Denmark's Aalborg University) and also the first bearded model (if you consider a goatee a beard, which in my full-bearded opinion is debatable).
Like its Geminoid siblings, the DK is controlled remotely with a motion-capture system in which the Geminoid mimics the movements of the person being captured. Future uses are kind of secondary to the basic goal of making the most human-like robot possible, but it could be a step forward for human-robot interaction--paired with, say, Watson's brain, the Geminoid series could be used in some pretty interesting ways. That being said, here's a terrifying picture of the Geminoid's hair- and pupil-less visage.
It will become self-aware at 2:14 am EST, August 24th. In a panic, they try to pull the plug...
If the eyelids didn't move so quickly and it wasn't as jerky it'd be more lifelike. The facial hair made it appear to be much more lifelike than other robots though!
Now if we can just upload a human brain we could live forever.
Sheldon Cooper would be so pleased.
Yes, he would.
I cannot wait for the future. If I could only go to sleep now and wake up in 100 years. I already know what I want my robot to look like.
Welcome to the Surrogate Centre...How would you like to look today?
If we did what you suggest, then there would never be any Data on TNG! We NEED that twitchy eyeball movement to remind the nostalgic among us of our beloved android friend.
Within 10 years, the robot consciousness realizes that the best way to serve humanity is by taking control of it. A cross between Skynet and the consciousness from "I, Robot" is created.
The only problem?
Neither Arnold nor Will Smith can save us this time.
Might actually have a reason to Thaw Walt Disney. Oooops forgot, Jews are still here....
All the Terminator/iRobot/Skynet comments are just SO original!! Thank you posters for adding to the intelligent conversation!!
My question is, how many of these do we already have in government?
"My question is, how many of these do we already have in government?"
I will check at my local US embassy... So far still the stupid biological models are in place.
I do prefer androids to evil stupid dictatorial tyrannical US federal bureaucrats.
At least androids do not know how to hate.
I'm pretty sure they have put this in place of my boss within the last few weeks. No one can be that cold and cruel, and no one can work for that long.
HALO Nerd ;D
The Cylons are arriving!
I almost died laughing when i watched the video.
Reminds me a lot of a muppet show.
And when the robot starts nodding at exactly 0:34 in the clip I just had to stop it and take a rest :)
everyone watching this might want to look up "Mr. Oizo Flat Beat" at youtube :)
In fact someone should make a version of the above video with the music from Mr. Oizo - Flat Beat
I totally knew that Kenny Loggins was a robot.
creepiest thing of my life!
@ shutterpod - It was a joke... glad you could tell. Now let's look at your contribution:
"My question is, how many of these do we already have in government?"
See, that's a joke too, only not even close to being funny. I sure am glad we have you to depend on when it comes to jokes that aren't funny - I used to have to rely on Jimmy Fallon.
Since I can't make a joke that won't make studderpod cry all over me, I will say this:
I am concerned with our level of technology when devices like this are considered "life-like". I thought we were further along, especially in the robotics department, based on past attempts. The fluid motion of facial movement is well within our grasp, yet we constantly rush projects simply to finish before our competition. I believe this example would have been more awe-inspiring had the project manager taken the extra time to countermeasure the obvious flaws. Their effort gets an A, but the final product was somewhat disappointing. Is that better, douche?
Isn't it funny how the same joke, week in and week out, continues to be funny? And how calling other people names continues to be funny? Or how Popsci puts up with people doing so? It's all completely hilarious!!
look popsci is just here to help us learn more about current tech and how we use it they are not here to monitor intelecual people (at least thats what i thought)
if you want to attack other peoples comments please do so on youtube. At least @JayAre and @SDGiv's comments relate to the topic presented in the article. your comment does not contribute to a discussion but rather a digression into bickering.
You're right, the best thing to do when people say stuff you don't like, is to just move along... So why don't we all do each other a favor?
(looking forward to next week's Terminator/Star Wars/Warp Drive/don't cross the beams joke)
i just got dun creating an account just so i could tell u, like everyone else that ur that ur comments r neither intelligent or contribute much at all (if anything) to the conversation. that being said, i would like to believe that this is some great landmark of android technology but in all actuallity he's got a beard, other than that we've seen this before and the fact we have the technology as said by JayAre, yet we continue to make such half-assed creations as this professer based android, is rather disapointing. well @shutterpod i truly sincerely hope u feel the need to validate ur "opinion" further so others can shoot u down each time until u decide to stop embarrassing urself and as for the jokes i like to laugh (like i am at u rite now) so joke away forum!
lolz after the 26 second mark it reminds me of Homer Simpson freaking out.
I thought the same thing!
Heck. Who needs humans? They'll make a bunch of these. Can you imagine a surgeon gemenoid? Yes taking out your apendix? Or your captain flying a plane? NOT!
The way Gemenoid moves, he could do hip hop, easy. There should be a Dave Chappelle Gemenoid. There's already an Obama Gemenoid.
I agree that JayAre's initial post was inane. Also, I liked your joke. Don't let all these haters get you down.
Try not to get offended so easily. You made a dumb joke and someone called you on it, that's all.
Congrats on your new account, and an excellent way to start using it, bravo!
Thanks Larry... I guess I'm just over sensitive since I read most of the articles here, and a good percentage have the same 'inane' jokes, reading then over and over and over in various threads, well, they just cease to be funny after about the eleventyfirst one, ya know?
Besides, I wasn't raggin on the FIRST poster of the thread, but rather just in general, how movies we've all seen have to be referenced in so many threads, it just gets, well, stupid!
I am curious how do these robots benefit humans? There are so many humans currently without work and without basic needs such as clean water and clean power. Will these robots change that?
I fear these robots will take more jobs and instead of allowing humans to benefit it just pushes more and more into poverty.
I would like to know what is the benefits please?