June 20, 2005


Photo in the News: Ultra-Lifelike Robot Debuts in Japan (Ted Chamberlain, NationalGeographic.com, 06/20/05)

Picture: Lifelike robot in Japan

Repliee Q1 (at left in both pictures) appeared yesterday at the 2005 World Expo in Japan, where she gestured, blinked, spoke, and even appeared to breathe. Shown with co-creator Hiroshi Ishiguru of Osaka University, the android is partially covered in skinlike silicone. Q1 is powered by a nearby air compressor, and has 31 points of articulation in its upper body. . . .

Surrounded by machines that draw portraits, swat fast-moving balls, and snake through debris, Q1 is only one of the showstoppers at the expo's Prototype Robot Exposition, which aims to showcase Japan's growing role in the robotics industry.

Like many modern revolutionaries, she's kind of a hottie.

MORE: New Robot Reproduces on Its Own (James Owen, NationalGeographic.com, 5/11/05)

Scientists have created a robot that can replicate itself in minutes. The team behind the machine says the experiment shows that self- reproduction is not unique to living organisms.
When the last Japanese die, will we even notice?

Posted by David Cohen at June 20, 2005 4:49 PM

A regular Rosa Luxemberg.

Posted by: Luciferous at June 20, 2005 4:53 PM

She's OK but she's no Rescusi Annie.

Posted by: joe shropshire at June 20, 2005 5:07 PM

I think someone's pulled a fast one here--that black outfit, the glasses, the over-acted pensive look--that weird looking dude's the robot!

Posted by: b at June 20, 2005 5:10 PM

why the teeth?

Posted by: at June 20, 2005 5:38 PM

This Ishiguru guy might soon be working with these folks. Warning: Link is NC-17, not work-safe, so don't say I didn't warn you. But most definitely appropriate to this subject, and we all know that pr0n drives the adoption of new technologies.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at June 20, 2005 5:56 PM

What's Japanese for "Westworld?"

Posted by: Mike Morley at June 20, 2005 5:59 PM

"that weird looking dude's the robot!"

Robot! I thought he was Chairman Kaga slumming.

Posted by: H.D. Miller at June 20, 2005 7:31 PM

Pretty hot, true, but she's gotta do something with the Wolfman hands.

Posted by: Fred Jacobsen (San Fran) at June 20, 2005 7:42 PM

Sorry, she's still in the uncanny valley to me....

Posted by: PapayaSF at June 20, 2005 9:59 PM
When the last Japanese die, will we even notice?
Yes. The key indicator will be Cartoon Network going bankrupt from lack of new shows. Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at June 20, 2005 11:15 PM

All Japanese animated shows have been created and produced by computers since 1997. Hadn't you heard?

Posted by: Timothy at June 20, 2005 11:31 PM

There's only one Japanese cartoon program, but the computer program allows you to substitute different faces (you only need two: mouth open, mouth closed) and then, like "What's Up Tiger Lily" , dub in your own dialog.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at June 21, 2005 12:34 AM

Did anyone else notice the (slight) resemblance to Laura Bush? Too weird, even for the relationship-challenged Japanese.

Posted by: ratbert at June 21, 2005 9:30 AM

No helping their demographics with this one.

Posted by: Genecis at June 21, 2005 9:33 AM

Is that bill bixby in the background?

Posted by: Joe at June 21, 2005 12:59 PM