Image: AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi
The National Museum of Emerging Science in Tokyo has two new exhibits and they aren’t far from human! Meet Otonaroid (pictured right) and Kodomoroid (pictured left): androids developed by Japanese android expert Hiroshi Ishiguro.
“Making androids is about exploring what it means to be human,” he told Japan Today reporters, “examining the question of what is emotion, what is awareness, what is thinking.”
The androids can do all these things: move their lips in time to a voice over, twitch their eyebrows, blink, sway their heads and move their hands.
Kodomoroid even read the news without stumbling once! You can also program each of the droids with different vocal ranges: a deep male voice or pitchy female voice.
While this is a major feat in science, how do you feel about the development of robots with human characteristics?
Are you slightly creeped out? Or can you see yourself dating a droid one day?
If you answered yes to the latter (you probably need to have seen the movie Her to do so) then the androids’ creator has some good news for you!
“Robots are now becoming affordable — no different from owning a laptop,” Ishiguro said.
Coffee? Y-e-s p-l-e-a-s-s-s-s-e.