News: New Ultra-Realistic Android Scares the Crap Out of Everybody

New Ultra-Realistic Android Scares the Crap Out of Everybody

Holy… Lord, help us all—this isn't CG, it's for real. Meet Geminoid DK, the latest spawn from Osaka University Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro's legion of ultra-realistic Androids.

If an Android is a robot disguised as a human, what is a Geminoid? Similar in concept to the Bruce Willis movie Surrogates, a Geminoid is an Android designed to look exactly like its master, and in this case, Geminoid DK is a facsimile of homo sapien Henrik Scharfe, Professor at Denmark's Aalborg University and Ishiguro's cohort.

New Ultra-Realistic Android Scares the Crap Out of Everybody

Ishiguro, Scharfe and team are researching "emotional affordances" in human-robot interaction. From the project site, "Geminoid DK will be the first of its kind outside of Japan, and is intended to advance android science and philosophy, in seeking answers to fundamental questions, many of which that have also occupied the Japanese researchers."

The project poses the following questions:

  • What is a human?
  • What is presence?
  • What is a relation?
  • What is identity?

And... How can we make the skin, hair, and movement as eerily realistic as possible? Ishiguro believes that over time he will be able to develop an Android that is indistinguishable from a human, at least in passing. Looks like Geminoid DK is already there.

Geminoid DK is operated by a human for the first time (movements of the operator is reproduced in the robot).
Geminoid DK's supremely creepy attempt at a first smile.
The making of Geminoid DK's hands.

VIA IEEE Spectrum

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The future is going to either extremely exciting - or terrifying.

Those movements... are a little robotic.

Yep, I'm making an EMP hand gun juuuuust incase skynet goes online

THAT THING ! ? ...... looks TOO real.
is this Just some BS video
of some guy with makupe on,, faking it ?
the eyes have some bloodshot-ish hue ( looks Human !)
it seems to breath (or at least expand it chest.)
the ''skin" around its eyes seem to fold when it smiles or moves its Jaw.
this is EITHER really advanced mechanics combined with expert anotomical and cosmetic
brilliance . OR just a fruad to sell some product that will be on the market soon.

"Two in the heart, one in the head!

Where can i find about how they build it ?

Yes, but only if you buy the female version

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