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New Robots Look Creepily Human

August 9, 2014


Gadgets News Anthony Gonzales


 
newrobotslookcreepilyhuman1Is it woman or is it machine?…well this time it’s kind of hard to tell.

The new robot guides at a Tokyo museum look so eerily human and speak so smoothly they almost outdo people — almost.

Japanese robotics expert Hiroshi Ishiguro, an Osaka University professor, says they will be useful for research on how people interact with robots and on what differentiates the person from the machine.

“Making androids is about exploring what it means to be human,” he told reporters Tuesday, “examining the question of what is emotion, what is awareness, what is thinking.

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