Wednesday, May 03, 2006

The Robots Are Coming!

The May 2006 Scientific American discusses Hiroshi Ishiguro's creation of a humanoid robot named Repliee. The author refers to Repliee throughout the article with the personal pronoun "it", but the resemblance to Japanese newscaster Ayako Fujii is uncanny; "it" definitely appears to be a "she."

The "uncanny valley" Sree blogged about is mentioned....

Where Ishiguro-san remarks "It's impossible to have the perfect android" my immediate reaction is to conclude that we'll have near-perfect androids within 20 to 30 years.

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