Japan recently facilitated the ‘Andriod: What is Human?’ exhibition which brought to the table some exciting new advancements in lifelike technology.
In the future, it is quite possible we’ll be read the news by Android robots closely resembling those pictured above. Not only do these ‘robots’ provide a pretty face, they can interact with humans, read news headlines, tell jokes and read out Tweets – basically anything a regular news presenter is tasked to do.
The two Androids shown on Tuesday are called Kodomoroid and Otonaroid, they’re designed to mimic gestures and movements of humans whilst upkeeping a lifelike appearance.
To show off the full capabilities of their creations, the scientists interacted with the androids and displayed their news reading functionality. Kodomoroid was heard making fun of Hiroshi Ishiguro stating “You’re starting to look like a robot!” after she had delivered her news piece to the audience as seen in the video above. Otonariod unfortunately caught stage fright, and after a quick reboot said “I’m a little bit nervous” – which is understandable in such a large crowd of stunned journalists.
These Androids will be held at Tokyo’s National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in a bid to interact with visitors and help Ishiguro collect research information on human reactions to his creations.
Ishiguro also proudly stated:
“You can take my androids on planes. The torso in the suitcase and the head in carry-on” Breitbart
Will we see these more in the future? The answer is likely yes. Should we be worried about losing all of our jobs to ‘the machine’? That is for you to decide!
Image courtesy of Breitbart