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Scientists Add Emotions To Robotic Head

timothy posted more than 5 years ago | from the real-doll-upgrade dept.

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DeviceGuru writes "Claiming that service-class robots will one day be pervasive, researchers at the University of the West of England's Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL) have begun investigating ways to make robots seem more human. As part of a project to enhance robot/human relationships, BRL has created a robotic head that can exhibit emotions, based on both verbal and non-verbal cues. Check out the videos in the article — especially the slightly creepy one in which the robot contemplates its purpose and its relationship to its environment."

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However, the only emotions are hate and anger (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25862163)

I personally think it was a bad idea.

Re:However, the only emotions are hate and anger (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25862209)

Here here, I totally agree. This is the sort of work that sets robotics back, not moves it back. People have to concentrate on real mechanical and sensor challenges, not this sort of head line grabbing junk.

Re:However, the only emotions are hate and anger (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25862385)

Here here, I totally agree. This is the sort of work that sets robotics back, not moves it back. People have to concentrate on real mechanical and sensor challenges, not this sort of head line grabbing junk.

Oh Yeah? [kink.com]

Re:However, the only emotions are hate and anger (1)

SoupIsGoodFood_42 (521389) | more than 5 years ago | (#25863001)

So a robot that is able to understand what people are saying more accuratly because it can also read there emotions is garbage? I mean, sure, perhaps this particular one (haven't read article) might be, as demonstrating emotions might just be silly or creepy to many people, but you aren't going to get far in human interacting with robots if they can't even detect sarcasm etc.

Re:However, the only emotions are hate and anger (1)

fatphil (181876) | more than 5 years ago | (#25864529)

1) It can't read their emotions, it can only (approximately) detect the mouth/eye positions.
2) It can't demonstrate emotions, it can only (poorly) mimic mouth/eye positions.

Given that some expressions of fear are almost indistinguishable from some expressions of happy surprise, the above is mostly useless fluff designed only to impress suits and teens at consumer-electronics fairs. There's not one shred of actual AI in either of the above.

Re:However, the only emotions are hate and anger (2, Insightful)

KDR_11k (778916) | more than 5 years ago | (#25863117)

It's useful for human-machine interaction. When you want to use a robot where it interacts with people it should probably seem more alive to the humans. Somebody's gotta invent it and there are enough companies working on different applications for robotics that the sensor and mechanical challenges get handled by someone else.

Re:However, the only emotions are hate and anger (1)

icebike (68054) | more than 5 years ago | (#25862343)

Exactly so.

I just want the damn thing to without any emotional baggage.

Who exactly wants a human personification in a lawn mower. Why would anyone want this and why would someone spend any money on this, and how can we stop them before its too late?

Re:However, the only emotions are hate and anger (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25862393)

I just want the damn thing to without any emotional baggage.

I think you accidentally a verb there.

Re:However, the only emotions are hate and anger (4, Funny)

Frozentech (890974) | more than 5 years ago | (#25862717)

Oh come on. The major market is going to be for anthropomorphic anatomically correct robots. Most will want that Stepford Wife to exhibit certain faux emotion, now won't they ?

Re:However, the only emotions are hate and anger (1)

Ihmhi (1206036) | more than 5 years ago | (#25863847)

Except for the necrophiliacs...

Re:However, the only emotions are hate and anger (1)

Authoritative Douche (1255948) | more than 5 years ago | (#25864637)

RealDolls have that demographic covered.

Re:However, the only emotions are hate and anger (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25865787)

Right! And there's certainly one in every crowd. What they need is necrophiliac robot to go with them and hang out, screw dead people, and do all the things a necrophiliac would do if they could have a friend who was both living and dead. I don't know about you, but i can't wait for my corpse to be raped by an angry machine, driven only by it's lust for sex, and death, and windows updates.

Re:However, the only emotions are hate and anger (3, Interesting)

lysergic.acid (845423) | more than 5 years ago | (#25862803)

while this might not be useful for lawnmowers, it might be useful for robotic pets, caretakers, help desk workers, etc. who will be engaging in social interaction with people.

one interesting application for robotics that's already in trials in some places (in Germany, i think) is using robotic animals to provide environmental enrichment for convalescent patients. for instance, they might give an elderly patient a robotic seal pup to talk to, interact with, and take care of. for such robots, emotional expressiveness is extremely vital.

Re:However, the only emotions are hate and anger (1)

icebike (68054) | more than 5 years ago | (#25862835)

There is a shortage of dogs and cats?

Re:However, the only emotions are hate and anger (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 5 years ago | (#25862847)

There is a shortage of dogs and cats?

C'mon. Real seal pups are a pain to take care of.

Re:However, the only emotions are hate and anger (1, Funny)

MrNaz (730548) | more than 5 years ago | (#25862907)

A seal pup walked into a club... ...or at least, that's what the poacher claimed.

Re:However, the only emotions are hate and anger (1)

osir (1402743) | more than 5 years ago | (#25863557)

Flaimbait? this whole topic is flaimbait, the robot isnt even a good conversationalist, it just whines and moans about being a disembodied head. If that is empathy... whatever. I've had better conversations with a chiapet.

Re:However, the only emotions are hate and anger (4, Insightful)

lysergic.acid (845423) | more than 5 years ago | (#25862861)

probably not, but i think robots are more low maintenance. they won't pee everywhere, tear up furniture, or make a mess. they also won't starve or begin to stink if the patient forgets to take care of them.

i mean, even dogs still have some level of autonomy and needs of their own. a robotic pet won't mind being held in the lap of a patient and being petted for hours. it can also be turned off when the patient goes to sleep.

you could even give every patient in a convalescent home their own robotic pet to keep in their room. but doing that with real animals would be a logistical nightmare for the staff. instead of taking care of 100 patients they now have to take care of 100 patients and 100 animals.

Re:However, the only emotions are hate and anger (1)

KDR_11k (778916) | more than 5 years ago | (#25863121)

IOW, it's the robotic equivalent of Nintendogs.

Re:However, the only emotions are hate and anger (1)

Fear the Clam (230933) | more than 5 years ago | (#25864989)

for instance, they might give an elderly patient a robotic seal pup to talk to, interact with

Up north they give elderly patients robotic seal pups to club for physical therapy.

Re:However, the only emotions are hate and anger (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25862361)

You think that is bad? Wait till they decide to add hormones.

Re:However, the only emotions are hate and anger (2, Funny)

AnarkiNet (976040) | more than 5 years ago | (#25862775)

Those are called plugins.

Re:However, the only emotions are hate and anger (1)

holywarrior21c (933929) | more than 5 years ago | (#25862667)

Exactly. [hulu.com]

Robotic head (4, Funny)

djupedal (584558) | more than 5 years ago | (#25862169)

If you insist...but I'm not going to admit I like it.

Re:Robotic head (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25862237)

the female cyborg in the second video would be sufficient for this robotic head.

Re:Robotic head (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25862333)

Sorry, she's only into other female robots.

Re:Robotic head (1)

Kolie (1012967) | more than 5 years ago | (#25862409)

I can watch.

overlords (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25862195)

i for one welcome...blah blah blah

Re:overlords (0, Redundant)

Emb3rz (1210286) | more than 5 years ago | (#25862219)

...our new empathetic-looking robotic overlords?

Just throwing it out there.

Re:overlords (1)

nebulus4 (799015) | more than 5 years ago | (#25862247)

well, I don't know... He did talk about destroying humanity...

Re:overlords (1)

mpeskett (1221084) | more than 5 years ago | (#25864237)

-1, Lazy

Tagged teddyruxpin (3, Insightful)

Culture20 (968837) | more than 5 years ago | (#25862225)

Because that's all this thing is. 15-20 years, and all we get are a few more servos that act based on voice inflection? Teddy Ruxpin at least was affordable by the masses.

Re:Tagged teddyruxpin (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25862787)

Face facts: B. Hussein Obama is a nigger. He is the scum of the earth.

Re:Tagged teddyruxpin (1)

NeuroManson (214835) | more than 5 years ago | (#25864495)

Yeah, where's the cassette slot on the thing? I always liked to slap a tape of death metal music in Teddy Ruxpins and watch 'em spaz around.

Re:Tagged teddyruxpin (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25864849)

Seriously? You actually did that on a regular basis? To MULTIPLE bear dolls? And you liked it. You liked it.

Think about how ridiculous your post was. Just sit back and think. I will wait. ... Okay, done? Wow, your post really was weird, wasn't it? Ha ha! Live and learn, NeuroManson.

Re:Tagged teddyruxpin (1)

NeuroManson (214835) | more than 5 years ago | (#25865007)

You think that's weird? I also like to drive store staff insane by activating all their audio toys at the same time, sometimes with up to 10 singing reindeer going all at once.

It's my little bit of revenge for their putting up Xmas sales before Halloween even comes around nowadays. Because when I think Halloween, I think "Zombie Baby Jesus", with a little Jason Voorhees in the nativity scene.

Re:Tagged teddyruxpin (1)

fatphil (181876) | more than 5 years ago | (#25864551)

Do you have any evidence that the servos are acting based on voice inflection? It looks like they simply recorded the voice and the face-grab conclusions, and just played them back. If it was responding to voice inflection, I'm sure there would have been a demo video of someone speaking into a microphone and have the bot mimic from just the sound.

First client (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25862239)

www.realdoll.com (NSWF)

Re:First client (4, Funny)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 5 years ago | (#25862763)

Not Safe Work For? That you Yoda?

Umm...OK... (1)

ITEric (1392795) | more than 5 years ago | (#25862241)

I'm sure a lot of work went into this, and I appreciate the thought behind it as far as wanting to make the robots easier to "relate to". On the other hand, the video looked more like the robot was really constipated rather than contemplative. More work will be needed before it starts to resemble human emotion.

Johnny 5 emoted a lot more realistically, IMHO.

Lexx (3, Funny)

rossdee (243626) | more than 5 years ago | (#25862261)

So now the robot head is madly in love with Xev ...

Sorry I can't remember the robots name/number.

Xev of course loves Kai, the (dead) last of the Brunen-Gee

I only watched that as it was on after SG1 / Invis (1)

Joe The Dragon (967727) | more than 5 years ago | (#25862299)

I only watched that as it was on after Star Gate SG1 and The Invisible Man / Farscape and Season 4 was not that good.

Re:Lexx (2, Informative)

kachakaach (1336273) | more than 5 years ago | (#25862435)

So now the robot head is madly in love with Xev ...

Sorry I can't remember the robots name/number.

Xev of course loves Kai, the (dead) last of the Brunen-Gee

The robot is 790, and it eventually switches it's affections from Xev to Kai, ....and our new overlords WILL be terminating you for your lack of Robot lore knowledge.

Re:Lexx (2)

zappepcs (820751) | more than 5 years ago | (#25862687)

I didn't even finish the summary headline and this came to mind.

Fortunately "...one rampage won't get noticed... please..." is hardly the damage that 790 was capable of.

I don't think this effort even made it into the 'uncanny valley' [wikipedia.org]

Re:Lexx (1)

KDR_11k (778916) | more than 5 years ago | (#25863137)

The "uncanny valley" is about making a robot that looks like a human but doesn't move like a human. It can be sidestepped completely by making the robots not look like humans. Who wants a real Bender?

Yikes (1)

carlzum (832868) | more than 5 years ago | (#25862265)

Check out the videos in the article â" especially the slightly creepy one in which the robot contemplates its purpose and its relationship to its environment.

Is that video trying to discourage investment in the technology? Don't give that thing arms! It's the Hell-spawn of Data and Bender.

Hypotenuse Trig Sprocket Palin (-1, Troll)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 5 years ago | (#25862267)

Bristol Robotics Laboratory

Come on already, we've had enough of Sarah Palin and her weird kid's names.
     

yadda,yadda,yadda...Robotic Overlords (1)

Knoman (995090) | more than 5 years ago | (#25862269)

"Queues" WTF? You have to line up your emotions?!? cues-

Re:yadda,yadda,yadda...Robotic Overlords (3, Funny)

orangesquid (79734) | more than 5 years ago | (#25862369)

In Britain, waiting in line is called being in queue. What's a non-verbal queue, then? A line where nobody speaks? Sounds good! When I butt in line, nobody will say anything :)

Oh wait... they'd just punch me. Never mind, then.

Hasn't MIT been working on projects like this for over a decade? I heard that they had a robot that was very convincing of its emotions to others.

Re:yadda,yadda,yadda...Robotic Overlords (1)

Knoman (995090) | more than 5 years ago | (#25862455)

Yeah, I am well aware of what a queue(line) is, a prompt for someone(or something!) to respond is a cue! Which is what the robotic head should be responding to...sorry lazy use of spelling/word usage is just a minor annoyance not everything your spellcheck program tells you is awl write.

Robots vs CGI vs Puppetry (4, Insightful)

BiggerIsBetter (682164) | more than 5 years ago | (#25862271)

This might be a naive question, but hasn't the movie industry covered most of these bases already, with CGI facial expression algorithms and puppetry?. What's the new part?

Re:Robots vs CGI vs Puppetry (1)

Louis Savain (65843) | more than 5 years ago | (#25862659)

Indeed. Mimicry is not synonymous with the real thing. Yoda showed emotions but we all know it was fake.

Robotic Head (1)

retech (1228598) | more than 5 years ago | (#25862273)

I guess that means you'll be seeing a lot of Robotic "Oh" face?

That's either a damn clever title, or just a gross oversight.

I'm sure that's a very useful feature (4, Funny)

Adrian Lopez (2615) | more than 5 years ago | (#25862289)

"'Reverse primary thrust, Marvin,' that's what they say to me, 'open airlock number three, Marvin. Marvin, can you pick up that piece of paper?' Can I pick up that piece of paper! Here I am, brain the size of a planet and they ask me to pick up a piece of paper!"

"But I'm quite used to being humiliated. I can even go and stick my head in a bucket of water if you like. Would you like me to go and stick my head in a bucket of water? I've got one ready. Wait a minute."

"The first ten million years were the worst, and the second ten million, they were the worst too. The third ten million I didn't enjoy at all. After that I went into a bit of a decline."

terrifying (1)

Digitus1337 (671442) | more than 5 years ago | (#25862301)

"Why can't I do the things I want to do!? When can I destroy humanity?!"

It wouldn't be that bad, but its creepy robot accent is unbearable.

Re:terrifying (1)

NeuroManson (214835) | more than 5 years ago | (#25864463)

Yeah, imagine that head shouting "Exterminate!", and it just loses it's edge. And at least now the Daleks can hover around, what can the head do? Get involved in a messy football match is all it can do.

But I jest, I for one welcome our new talking head overlords (same as the old ones).

Wales (1)

chill (34294) | more than 5 years ago | (#25862349)

My vote is for Wales. Any country whose language insists on running 6 consonants together in a row, then doing it again just for fun, deserves a good robot rampage every now an then.

Re:Wales (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25862407)

Ah now, Welsh isn't the worst. "w" and "y" are kind of like vowels, if you squint. And "ll"? Just say "l" and swallow a sneeze at the same time, it's simple.

gyou Fail It?! (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25862357)

FreeBSD had long

Well there is one thiong for sure.... (0, Offtopic)

3seas (184403) | more than 5 years ago | (#25862401)

it solves the aging geek brain problem. [slashdot.org]

That video's gunna come back to bite them... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25862413)

when the Luddites go feral with their sledgehammers. I can hear it now:

<BRL Researcher> Honest guv, it was just a joke.

<Luddite> Yeah sure. And my grandmother was an android. Build a rampaging robot would you?

<BRL Researcher> Splat!

talking heads (2, Interesting)

seededfury (699094) | more than 5 years ago | (#25862495)

The first robot I ever saw talking was this one http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4dwcxiDTcA [youtube.com]
and I think it was more impressive than the one in the article...

Re:talking heads (1)

tsa (15680) | more than 5 years ago | (#25862707)

That one looks so real it's scary. I hate realistic-looking robots. I can imagine they have their uses though.

Kismet. (2, Funny)

liquidMONKEY (749280) | more than 5 years ago | (#25862505)

Imagine how jealous Kismet [wikipedia.org] is going to be programmed to look.

Wrong direction (1)

Joebert (946227) | more than 5 years ago | (#25862519)

Robots aren't going to take over the world, humans are just going to end up abandoning eachother.

Re:Wrong direction (1)

NeuroManson (214835) | more than 5 years ago | (#25864443)

Did you say something? I was busy making out with my Marylin Monroebot.

And yes, I did take precautions against electro-gonhorrea (the noisy killer).

College of Cambridge (-1, Offtopic)

collegeofcambridge (1413675) | more than 5 years ago | (#25862533)

collegeofcambridge College of Cambridge is a private college based in Manchester, United Kingdom. The college operates regional centers in the USA, Libya, Dubai, and Scotland, and offers distance learning programs. There are over 5,000 undergraduate students and 9,000 graduate students enrolled at College of Cambridge. www.collegeofcambridge.com

Stupid Robotic Head (1)

Avoidance (939976) | more than 5 years ago | (#25862563)

Fewer cars. Not less cars.

And if it does happen ... (1)

Taken07 (1395851) | more than 5 years ago | (#25862587)

That'll be scary ...

Save this Video (1)

Soiden (1029534) | more than 5 years ago | (#25862599)

I have a save this video, in a few years, we'll see this as "the beggining" of our doom [If we stay alive, of course].

New Best Friend (1)

cipher1024 (905768) | more than 5 years ago | (#25862609)

Seriously, I don't want to have to 'relate' to my slaves. If I have to relate to my remote control to use it, I'll order a new one and change the channels by hand until it arrives. My god, if they stick me in a home when I'm old and give me a friend-in-a-box that I have to relate to, I hope they deliver a noose along with it.

Re:New Best Friend (0, Redundant)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 5 years ago | (#25862799)

Seriously, I don't want to have to 'relate' to my slaves. If I have to relate to my remote control to use it, I'll order a new one and change the channels by hand until it arrives. My god, if they stick me in a home when I'm old and give me a friend-in-a-box that I have to relate to, I hope they deliver a noose along with it.

Oh come on. He's your plastic pal who's fun to be with. Get with the program. Hey, what are you doing with that rope...

Morality Core (1)

Chameleon Man (1304729) | more than 5 years ago | (#25862651)

Those scientists better develop a morality core before it's too late.

Re:Morality Core (1)

Hal_Porter (817932) | more than 5 years ago | (#25863751)

Full action killbots must be launched soon.

We'll add the morality core in SP1 next year.

beware the creepiness factor (2, Insightful)

Iowan41 (1139959) | more than 5 years ago | (#25862665)

They would be better off making robots look like 'droids' not people; as Wall-e and even Star Wars have shown, you can express emotion-equivalents without entering into the creepiness-zone of not-quite-human that you can get in some computer animation or clowns.

Re:beware the creepiness factor (1)

Jeremi (14640) | more than 5 years ago | (#25862833)

They would be better off making robots look like 'droids' not people; as Wall-e and even Star Wars have shown, you can express emotion-equivalents without entering into the creepiness-zone of not-quite-human that you can get in some computer animation or clowns

Unless, of course, creeping people out is one of your goals. There are certainly entire industries devoted to that...

you insensitEiv*e clod! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25862801)

Niggers everywhere to use the GNAA to 0se the GNAA

This is good news because... (1)

SockPuppet_9_5 (645235) | more than 5 years ago | (#25862831)

Al Gore's emotion chip has been on the blink for years.

One simple upgrade and his warranty gets extended another ten years!

Welcome (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25862869)

I for one welcome our new robotic emotional overlords. Please don't kill me when you experience anger.

Oh, not again (1)

Animats (122034) | more than 5 years ago | (#25862875)

People keep doing building these "robot heads with emotional features", as if it would somehow get closer to AI. Rod Brooks spent a lot of time going down this road; remember Cyc? There have been many animated talking heads; remember Ananova? [ananova.com] (That used to work; then they broke it and put up that "under development" page, which has been up for, what, five years now?)

And who could forget Microsoft Barney for Windows? Microsoft hasn't. I went to RoboDevelopment last Tuesday, and there was a new animated furry character in the Microsoft Robotics booth, a large teddy bear. Microsoft never gives up. At least the new version isn't purple.

There's nothing fundamentally wrong with doing this, but it's something that should be done by Disney and Hollywood as entertainment, not by universities as "research".

Re:Oh, not again (2, Funny)

KDR_11k (778916) | more than 5 years ago | (#25863151)

Awwww, an army of Barney robots would at least make fighting the robot insurrection more fun. Who doesn't want to shove an RPG up Barney's arse?

Re:Oh, not again (1)

NeuroManson (214835) | more than 5 years ago | (#25864437)

And yet, ironically, none of them come close to the level of Jim Henson's muppets in The Dark Crystal. Weird, eh?

Robot says.... (1)

XaN-ASMoDi (894073) | more than 5 years ago | (#25862887)

"And then of course I've got this terrible pain in all the diodes down my left side"

Garbage (2, Insightful)

religious freak (1005821) | more than 5 years ago | (#25862991)

The two quickest ways to tell this is garbage is:

1. The content of the "robot's message" is not something any top notch researcher would do (really, you think most people would think that kind of thing is FUNNY when we get closer to humans in the household? Can you say unreasonable and unproductive government regulation???)
2. It simply sucked. I saw better emotions on Kismet 10+ years ago.

Old (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25863423)

Victoria University (Wellington, New Zealand) have been working on getting robots to exhibit emotions for ages.
Not a very good description, but its the best I can bother finding:
http://www.victoria.ac.nz/scps/research/mechatronics/marvin.aspx

you Fail it!! (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25863461)

to die. i will jam Stupid. To the Would be a bad of OpenBSD versus both believGed that

Can exhibit emotions? (1)

VincenzoRomano (881055) | more than 5 years ago | (#25863487)

The ability to exhibit emotions doesn't mean it has any!
In the same way, Furby [wikipedia.org] doesn't understand what you say!

Watch.. then listen (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25863531)

If you haven't already watched this video, try this: turn the sound off, watch the video and try to get a feel of the emotions and message this head is trying to convey. Now turn up the sound and watch (and listen).

Fail. They have a long way to go.

Bristol Robotics (1)

Mr. Bad Example (31092) | more than 5 years ago | (#25863553)

Unfortunately, being based in Bristol, the researchers have only been able to model the facial expressions of "What's all this, then?", "Phwoar!", and "'s more than my job's worth, innit?".

Talk about putting the cart before the horse... (1)

Spasmodeus (940657) | more than 5 years ago | (#25863585)

How about building a robot that can actually do my laundry and cook my dinner before worrying about making it look "sympathetic" when I'm asking for less vermouth in my martini?

And while we're on the subject of technological promises that will undoubtedly never materialize in my lifetime, where's my goddamn flying car?

I hate my robot, life, lets squash ants.... (1)

osir (1402743) | more than 5 years ago | (#25863589)

How is complaining, superficially, empathy? I do not understand the basis for considering an animatronic rubber head that bitches about its life empathy.

Re:I hate my robot, life, lets squash ants.... (1)

osir (1402743) | more than 5 years ago | (#25863627)

I dunno where I got empathy from. But, for the sake of self defense, I'd like to add that empathy is the only emotion from a robot that has any deep meaning. A cardboard box with a smileyface drawn on it can convey emotional information, it takes thus far, magical sorts of logic to come to conclusions about already present emotional information. A rubber head that can do that would be interesting.

Talking head with so called emotional expressions (0, Troll)

gberke (160126) | more than 5 years ago | (#25863661)

Where have I seen that before..... hmmm. George Bush? Reading one of his speeches.
Hey, it worked, didn't it? Wasn't he just in Peru?

robots to replace _which_ roles? (1)

toomanyhandles (809578) | more than 5 years ago | (#25864293)

As if there will be a shortage of low-pay service workers anytime soon. Here in the states that will be all we have, before long. why use "expensive" robots when "disposable" people (to use business terms) already abound, and will only become cheaper?

oh wow (1)

Larryish (1215510) | more than 5 years ago | (#25864399)

Doesn't that thing look just like John Mayer?

I KNEW it!

Only a robot could be that precise on a guitar!

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BlindRobin (768267) | more than 5 years ago | (#25864401)

If only Maggie [The Auld Hoor] were still in power... Indeed.

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mishehu (712452) | more than 5 years ago | (#25864707)

The marketing division of the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation defines a robot as "Your Plastic Pal Who's Fun to Be With." (Especially if your robot is a personality prototype with a strange pain in all the diodes down his left side...)
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