AnandY, videos are essential for assessing a robot's movements, don't you think? And I agree--their appearance is incredibly realistic. That's clearly where the research dollars went, since they have no intelligence.
The aesthetics are great and after watching the video (thanks for that Ann) am still amazed at how life-like they all appear. However, on the functional front there isn't much to write home about. No intelligence basically makes them the dumbest robots ever.
After reading this piece, am convinced that we may meet the first intelligent human robots much sooner than most of us think. Imagine combining these Geminoids with an artificial intelligence system such as IBM's Watson (the intelligent computer that won Jeopardy) and a voice-directed search mechanism like Apple's Siri. Too bad these groups don't collaborate more.
Ann--very informative; spooky but informative. The thing that struck me most was the speech pattern. Not "electronic" or tinny. Also, it seemed to me the robot "look--alike" had similar inflection to the real human during their conversation. (This could be my tin ear though.) The Japanese are light years ahead of us with this type of robotic system and they obviously feel there is a commercial future for android systems. The robots I'm most familiar with are those used in manufacturing situations, primarily work cells to automate production and assembly. It will be fun to keep up with android development over the next few years. Excellent post.
With all this robotic development i am having a feel that in future there will be a special market and segment for these robots where robot will only be working on one hand i find it very interesting however on the other hand i feel if this happens the job opportunities will drop down and people will suffer .So with every invention their are advantages and disadvantages .
Far911, I somewhat agree to your idea that introducing a robot in educational institution wont be a suitable thing but then on the other hand we should be hopefull by watching all this new technology and stuff where it is going and how fastly it is revolutionizing definitely they wont introduce a raw robot in any educational institution their defnitely will be an add on features or some creativty involved .
Ann, i am soo sorry i dont remember where i read this as i was just going through some of my work and came across this but found it alot of eye captivating and interesting so thought of sharing with you guys.
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