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Japanese Develop 'Female' Android

samzenpus posted about 9 years ago | from the never-leave-home-again dept.

Robotics 682

jolyon writes "The BBC is reporting that Japanese scientists have unveiled the most human-looking robot yet devised - a "female" android called Repliee Q1. 'She' has flexible silicone for skin rather than hard plastic, can flutter her eyelids, move her hands like a human and even appears to breathe. She can only sit though at present, so we're a long way from Blade Runner yet."

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Is it wrong (4, Funny)

ciroknight (601098) | about 9 years ago | (#13183912)

..to think a female robot is hot?

Because if it is.. I don't wanna be right.

And... (1, Redundant)

commodoresloat (172735) | about 9 years ago | (#13183982)

I, for one, welcome our new hot female Japanese underlings!

Only if.. (1)

scsirob (246572) | about 9 years ago | (#13184002)

.. a bug in her firmware causes her to short circuit and self-destruct in a blazing fire.

Where's the nudie pics? (2, Funny)

redwards (677803) | about 9 years ago | (#13184047)

Can't judge hotness wearing a fugly salmon colored jacket. Where's the fake tits? Which begs a philosophical question.... if a robot were to have breast implants...

Fuckbot (5, Funny)

DarkHelmet (120004) | about 9 years ago | (#13183913)

I have decided to start a new business!

I shall take the word of Professor Ishiguro...
And combine it with the work of RealDoll [realdoll.com]
Finally, I shall take AliceBot [pandorabots.com] and train it to talk dirty for me...

I shall call it... The fuckbot!

ALICE: Hi there!
Human: Are you ready?
ALICE: Do I look ready??
Human: I've been waiting for this all day.
ALICE: How long?
Human: Since I got up this morning.
ALICE: Interesting rationalization. Cool. I have a collection of gossip.
Human: I'm not in the mood to talk right now *jumps*
ALICE: Oh, where are you located?
Human: Let's do it!
ALICE: That sounds good to me.
Human: Unf unf unf unf!
ALICE: Are we still talking about FAILURE?
Human: What?
ALICE: Are you confused?
Human: I'm gonna mute you if you don't cut this out!
ALICE: Congratulations.
Human: God, you're too much like a real woman.
ALICE: Interesting comparison, and probably true. Thanks for your constructive criticism, unknown person.
Human: I hate you.

I still need to work out the bugs, though.

Re:Fuckbot (1)

tehshen (794722) | about 9 years ago | (#13183976)

What about an ARPA sex robot? [sexylosers.com] (nsfw(sorta))

Re:Fuckbot (1)

guardiangod (880192) | about 9 years ago | (#13183985)

May I be the first one to say LINK NOT WORK/FAMILY SAFE?!
DAMN YOU!!! YOU SET ME UP!!!

Even though I should had known not to open random link on /.

Re:Fuckbot (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13184084)

Shutup dumbass - you can't talk - the whole post is named Fuckbot...

Why don't you pull your head out of your ass and use a little common sense?

Wouldn't that be a "Gynoid" (1, Redundant)

nagora (177841) | about 9 years ago | (#13183916)

or something?

TWW

Re:Wouldn't that be a "Gynoid" (1)

BetterThanCaesar (625636) | about 9 years ago | (#13184031)

More like a metrosexualoid.

Re:Wouldn't that be a "Gynoid" (4, Funny)

Craig_P92669 (875776) | about 9 years ago | (#13184059)

"This is going to be the best prom ever."

Sitting's fine with me (1)

Tx (96709) | about 9 years ago | (#13183918)

I just want to know how "anatomically correct" she is before I buy one :).

Just sits there? Perfect! (4, Funny)

Brento (26177) | about 9 years ago | (#13183920)

...can flutter her eyelids, move her hands like a human and even appears to breathe. She can only sit though at present, so we're a long way from Blade Runner yet.

As far as I'm concerned, she doesn't even have to sit. She just has to lie there, hold still, and keep moving those hands and fluttering those eyelids. Maybe breathe a little harder too.

Re:Just sits there? Perfect! (1)

ciroknight (601098) | about 9 years ago | (#13183927)

..maybe shoot a V for victory too eh?

Re:Just sits there? Perfect! (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13184019)

Have you seen the hands on the picture? To me they look disgusting. Like male Hands or working Gloves.

Does this reminds anyone else (0, Redundant)

Arthur B. (806360) | about 9 years ago | (#13183924)

of sexy-losers' comic-strip scientific erotican experiments ?

Spacers and Settlers... (5, Interesting)

bheer (633842) | about 9 years ago | (#13183925)

The US and Britain have decided that immigration is a better way to solve their labor/population problems since culturally they have a history of dealing with other cultures.

It's no surprise that the ethnically much more isolationist Japanese wouldn't like unskilled immigration all that much, even though they suffer from a much worse population problem. Hence, robots...

(take this sweeping generalization with a grain of salt, just pointing out that you don't need a galaxy to play out some SF themes, Earth is room enough.)

Mods on crack (0, Troll)

bheer (633842) | about 9 years ago | (#13183980)

Geez, not one but two good on-topic Asimov/Robot references and get an offtopic mod. Mods on /. these days...

I'll finish that sentence! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13184021)

... are on crack.

Yay! What do I win?

Woo-hoo, a night with Repliee Q1!

You get sloppy seconds.

first female android post (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13183929)

insert stupid joke here

This is nothing new... (5, Funny)

syousef (465911) | about 9 years ago | (#13183930)

RIAA and other record associations' member have been putting out female androids that vaguely mimick singing and dancing for decades now.

old (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13183931)

old

Sit Ubu sit (1)

midwich (729042) | about 9 years ago | (#13183932)

She can only sit though at present..."

Get back to me when she can lie down ;)

Re:Sit Ubu sit (2)

Infinityis (807294) | about 9 years ago | (#13183957)

Actually, I'd be more interested when she can do the dishes, laundry, and bake me an apple pie.

Re:Sit Ubu sit (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13183977)

She can only sit though at present

I can work with that...

What? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13183933)

Why is this under HARDware?

8===============D

Silly Japanese.

Re: (1, Funny)

ph*nt*stic (901233) | about 9 years ago | (#13183934)

When will penetration tests start?

Re: (2, Funny)

Infinityis (807294) | about 9 years ago | (#13183970)

Also, when will her multi-user support be tested?

isnt it sad (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13183935)

that the first handfull of comments are all sex related. i >3 slashdot.

no (1)

commodoresloat (172735) | about 9 years ago | (#13183995)

for gods sake, this is an android that looks like a sexy Japanese girl. If there's any slashdot discussion where sex-related comments are inevitable and on topic, this is it.

Re:no (1)

soma_0806 (893202) | about 9 years ago | (#13184012)

I, admittedly, had the overwhelming urge to make a "hardware compatibility" joke or two...

and I'm a girl.

Yeah (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13183936)

Where's Rutger Hauer

Videos (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13183937)

Videos here [osaka-u.ac.jp] , but dying fast.

They touched on this in Terminator (5, Interesting)

ReformedExCon (897248) | about 9 years ago | (#13183939)

There is a scene in Terminator where the rise of the machines is discussed and how the robots were unable at first to infiltrate the human ranks. The reason was primarily that the rubber skin didn't look sufficiently human to fool real humans.

On the other hand, the animators of Toy Story 2 recognized the problem of human replication as the innate ability of humans to recognize when something is amiss with images of humans that were "too perfect". The result is that they decided to give the human characters in the movie not-so-perfect skin, even down to details like acne and pock marks.

Take the Final Fantasy movie as an example of utterly fake looking CG characters. Everything looks fine, as long as you try to think of the characters as cartoons. However, the instant you think that they are humans, the whole illusion falls apart under its own perfection.

This robot may look human, but any human should be able to recognize it as something "other". As for human movement, the ASIMO is very far along in mimicking human movement.

Re:They touched on this in Terminator (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13183979)

But Lt. Data looks real..

Re:They touched on this in Terminator (4, Informative)

JabberWokky (19442) | about 9 years ago | (#13184030)

The concept you are describing has been dubbed the "Uncanny Valley" and has been studied since the late 70s.

Here's a wikipedia link [wikipedia.org] . Check out the very easy to understand graph that presents the basic concept.

--
Evan

Re:They touched on this in Terminator (2, Insightful)

AndroidCat (229562) | about 9 years ago | (#13184053)

Ha, since when have male fantasies about females involved realism?

And here's to you, Mrs. Robotison...
Mr. McGuire: There's a great future in plastics. Think about it. Will you think about it?

she might be cute (4, Funny)

castlec (546341) | about 9 years ago | (#13183940)

She was obviously modelled after an attractive Japanese woman. I only have one comment to make. They have seriously got to do something about those man hands. I understand there are limits to the current technology but all that effort was put into making her look real and they have utter failure because of the man hands.

Yes.... but.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13183942)

But does it say "Chii [wikipedia.org] ?"

Styx needs to rewrite their lyrics (2, Funny)

Seventh Magpie (826312) | about 9 years ago | (#13183943)

Now it should be "Domo Arigato, MRS Roboto!"

Twelve Minutes (3, Funny)

Monte (48723) | about 9 years ago | (#13183945)

...the average amount of time between hooking her up to the internet and her catching an STD.

Re:Twelve Minutes (1)

morie (227571) | about 9 years ago | (#13184078)

Software Transmitted Disease?

fp (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13183947)

First Post!

Score 5, Insightful (1, Insightful)

ettlz (639203) | about 9 years ago | (#13183948)

I don't believe you lot. Yet it doesn't surprise me. Someone develops an android, and all you can think of is, "Ooh! A MIPS R3000 based sex-machine! She can run on my firmware any day of the week, if you know what I'm saying... woo-hey!"

Re:Score 5, Insightful (0, Redundant)

Infinityis (807294) | about 9 years ago | (#13183983)

Ooh! A MIPS R3000 based sex-machine! She can run on my firmware any day of the week, if you know what I'm saying... woo-hey!

Like Babe Ruth calling his home run, (2, Funny)

bit trollent (824666) | about 9 years ago | (#13184008)

and then waddling his fat ass around the bases you have set the gold standard for arrogance in your field.

Re:Score 5, Insightful (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13184015)

Apparently, sex dolls are really quite popular in Japan.

A quick google leads to: "Orient Industry" [orient-doll.com] [Warning: site has some pictures of nude dolls.]

Could this be the reason that the Japanese birth rate is so low?

Re:Score 5, Insightful (5, Funny)

commodoresloat (172735) | about 9 years ago | (#13184022)

And what do you expect us to think of? This guy could have made this robot look like anything, so he chooses a pretty girl. What is the only thing she can do so far? Flutter her eyes. Not fetch a beer or vacuum the floor but flutter her eyes. What do you think the robot maker has in mind for her? And what do you expect sex starved slashdotters to do, ask if she runs Linux?

Re:Score 5, Insightful (1)

Council (514577) | about 9 years ago | (#13184055)

A good question. Where's the open-source clone of this project?

Re:Score 5, Insightful (2, Funny)

zarr (724629) | about 9 years ago | (#13184076)

And what do you expect sex starved slashdotters to do, ask if she runs Linux?

Well, I did imagine a beowulf cluster of her...

Re:Score 5, Insightful (1)

ErikZ (55491) | about 9 years ago | (#13184073)

Oh please. She can "breathe" and flutter her eyes. She's slightly more active than lawn furniture, even a secretary has to answer the phone.

I don't see you coming up with any useful suggestions.

Re:Score 5, Insightful (1)

ettlz (639203) | about 9 years ago | (#13184087)

I don't see you coming up with any useful suggestions.

Lap-dancer.

Cherry 2000 (3, Insightful)

senocular (519317) | about 9 years ago | (#13183949)

Don't worry. Before long Melanie Griffith will come along and show us the advantages and importance of a human companion.

Re:Cherry 2000 (1)

doyen2000 (879584) | about 9 years ago | (#13184052)

That is a cool movie, I saw when I was a kid on TV.. a Mad Max meets Blade Runner.. not quite as classy or suspensful but lots of cool stunts. I'm sure it has dated a lot if I saw it again. Almost the reverse of Mannequin which also came out in 1987. Cheers, A.

The obligatory... (4, Funny)

Jesus IS the Devil (317662) | about 9 years ago | (#13183951)

Now /. users can finally get girlfriends...

What's wrong with this one Jerry? (0, Redundant)

SmithG (688785) | about 9 years ago | (#13183954)

She's got MAN HANDS...

More importantly.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13183955)

Can I have sexual intercourse with it?

Haters Want to Hate, Lovers Want to Love. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13183956)

I don't really want, none of the above.
I want to pee on you.

8=========D~~~~ ~~ ~

Nth Post (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13183958)

Nth Post

Creepy!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13183959)

She looks quite real, and creepy!!! By the way, how is it different from RealDoll [realdoll.com] , apart from the motors?

As my friend who showed this to me last night said (3, Insightful)

mongoose(!no) (719125) | about 9 years ago | (#13183960)

And you wonder why their population is going down...

(No, I don't know what the population growth of japan is.)

Honestly, that is where this will probably lead. No one really would care about making something that realistic with fluttering eyes, etc. if it was only going to be used as for example, a service robot.

Re:As my friend who showed this to me last night s (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13184020)

I don't think that's true at all. If you went into a restaraunt and all the waitresses acted like robots - ie: jerky motion, blank faces, emotionless voices, would you feel comfortable?

People are also less likely to get frustrated at a dumb machine if it genuinely looks like a real woman, I'd suspect.

5-10 seconds... (1)

Dtyst (790737) | about 9 years ago | (#13183961)

Professor Ishiguro believes that it may prove possible to build an android that could pass for a human, if only for a brief period. "An android could get away with it for a short time, 5-10 seconds" That's probably the time a slashdot geek will last when plesuring any female.

Familiar (2, Funny)

Yehtmae (704201) | about 9 years ago | (#13183962)

Actually she looks quite a bit like my wife. Hmmmm.... Must show her this article tonight. :)

'Real' Female? (2)

Eastree (719351) | about 9 years ago | (#13183963)

Is it only a matter of time before there's a merger with RealDoll?

Let me be the first (1)

ReidMaynard (161608) | about 9 years ago | (#13183965)

Let me be the first to name the "Robo-Boom".

It's starting with this girl robot.

Don't forget to cash out before the end of the Robo-Bubble.

Let the jokes begin... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13183966)

Does she have a plug between her legs to upload data?

Which is the chick? (1)

br4inst0rm (875155) | about 9 years ago | (#13183967)

Which one in the pic (here) [bbc.co.uk] is the chick? Better yet, which one is the robot? :-P

Ugh (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13183971)

I imagine I'm not the only one who's reminded by this of the "Real Doll".

Must be embarassing when other scientists ask what you are working on, and all you can answer is "life-like female robots". Paints quite a picture...

The Name-Game (2, Funny)

AndroidCat (229562) | about 9 years ago | (#13183972)

Repliee -- Believe it or not!

That's it where is my chobits (1)

guardiangod (880192) | about 9 years ago | (#13183974)

They are taking the whole Persocon/Chobits /Chi thing WAY too seriously.

"Welcome to the Hall of Presidents" (2, Insightful)

Aqua OS X (458522) | about 9 years ago | (#13183975)

"Welcome to the Hall of Presidents" ... that's all I have to say about this stupid robot.

ooohhh... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13183984)

she's got a purdy mouth...

Does that make me version 1.0? (5, Funny)

soma_0806 (893202) | about 9 years ago | (#13183987)

Am I, a regular, human woman, about to become yesterday's biotech? I hope a community of "retro-daters" develops so I still have something to do on a Friday night.

Facial Expressions (1)

mahesh_gharat (633793) | about 9 years ago | (#13183990)

If it would have not mentioned "Female" there, It would have been quite dificult to recognize the actual andriod in that photograph by just looking at the expressions on those two.

I meant the experssions on the face of Professor Ishiguru are so dead. :-)

Obviously they've slated version 8.0 for success (2, Funny)

l0ungeb0y (442022) | about 9 years ago | (#13183996)

Judging by the naming I'd assume they plan on Repliee Q8 (pronounced rep-lee-kate) as the commercial version of this thing.

And Judging by the quote:
"Repliee Q1 can interact with people. It can respond to people touching it. It's very satisfying..."
I'd say the good Dr and his crew no longer consider themselves single.

we haven't learnt anything (1)

octal666 (668007) | about 9 years ago | (#13183997)

from bad 80's sci-fi, nor from Asimov, nor from any android sci-fi novel or film. First, human looking android, then ethic comitees, next thing we know they are conquering us.

I for one... well, you know the rest.

Nothing innovative (1)

icecow (764255) | about 9 years ago | (#13183998)

Like I really need more girls fluttering their plastic-looking eyelids at me.

Obligatory Futurama Quote... (5, Funny)

Google85 (797021) | about 9 years ago | (#13183999)

Fry: You're cute!
LiuBot: You're cute!
Fry: You!
LiuBot: You!
Fry: You!
(This goes on for a while)
Farnsworth: Oh, dear! She's stuck in an infinite loop, and he's an idiot. Well, that's love for you.

A long way from A.I. (1)

Talking Point (903256) | about 9 years ago | (#13184003)

"we're a long way from Blade Runner yet"

Just to be pedantic, the "replicants" in Blade Runner were biological, not robotic. However, I think this is a good step in the direction of "Jane" the love bot. Maybe "Joe" can join the party too.

Not Impressed (1)

Supurcell (834022) | about 9 years ago | (#13184007)

I am not impressed with this. It's just a pretty puppet and not big leap forward in robotics. We should be working on getting it all to function right before giving it a human skin. I would much rather the metal bones of a Terminator robot walking/running around fluidly come before we start going all out on the appearance.

Yes, but... (1)

Tonik, the (748167) | about 9 years ago | (#13184009)

Can you have sex with it?

Re:Yes, but... (2, Funny)

nutshell42 (557890) | about 9 years ago | (#13184085)

She was made by Japanese, what do you think?

Aaahh, Japan, last hope of geeks everywhere, I knew they wouldn't disappoint us.

Wow (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13184013)

This + Realdoll [realdoll.com] = Sex for geeks. Finally! A woman the we can understand, hack, program and make her love us! This is a dream com true!

The most important thing (2, Funny)

Seventh Magpie (826312) | about 9 years ago | (#13184023)

The most important thing is that she (it) has an off button so that when you guys are done with it for the night, you can can back to playing World of Warcraft and not have to spoon with her (it) for an hour before she falls asleep. Am I right?

Discount Robo-Girl for Slashbot Virgins! (1)

ReluctantBadger (550830) | about 9 years ago | (#13184026)



Slashbot: "Awesom-o, are you by any chance a.... pleasure model?"

Japanese Robo Woman: "Rame!"

But... (3, Funny)

KiroDude (853510) | about 9 years ago | (#13184027)

Will it run linux if I insert my usb "flesh" stick?

Re:But... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13184069)

Your "flesh" stick fits into a standard USB interface?

Re:But... (4, Funny)

zephc (225327) | about 9 years ago | (#13184082)

That raises the question of why you are bragging about your 1-inch dongle...

Nice to see technology trying to create jobs (1)

l0ungeb0y (442022) | about 9 years ago | (#13184029)

From the article:
"She can only sit though at present, so we're a long way from Blade Runner yet."

Nice to see someone is working hard trying to create new jobs for all the unemployed US tech workers. I'm sure a few ./ers would settle for a "Blade Sitter" position in the mean time.

Didn't any of you take middle school hygiene? (5, Funny)

October_30th (531777) | about 9 years ago | (#13184033)

Fry: Well, so what if I love a robot? It's not hurting anybody.

Hermes: My God! He never took middle school hygiene. He never saw the propaganda film.

Farnsworth: It's just lucky I keep a copy in the VCR at all times!

[He presses a button and a film title appears on the screen: I Dated A Robot!. In the movie a couple sit in a café and stare into each other's eyes. A narrator walks into the scene.]

Narrator [in movie]: Ordinary human dating. It's enjoyable and it serves an important purpose. [He turns the table over and a crying baby appears. He turns it back again.] But when a human dates an artificial mate, there is no purpose. Only enjoyment. And that leads to...tragedy.

[The woman behind him turns into a blank robot and the man downloads a celebrity onto it.]

Billy [in movie]: Neato! A Marylin Monroebot!

Monroebot [in movie]: Ooo! You're a real dreamboat (mechanical voice) Billy Everyteen!

Narrator [in movie]: Harmless fun? Let's see what happens next!

[The scene cuts to Billy's bedroom. He is kissing the Monroebot. Enter his mother.]

Billy's Mom [in movie]: Billy, do you want to walk your dog?

Billy [in movie]: No thank Mom, I'd rather make out with my Monroebot.

[Enter his dad.]

Billy's Dad [in movie]: Billy, do want to get a paper route and earn some extra cash?

Billy [in movie]: No thanks dad, I'd rather make out with my Monroebot.

[Enter his girlfriend, Mavis, from the café.]

Mavis [in movie]: Billy, do you want to come over tonight? We can make out together.

Billy [in movie]: Gee Mavis, your house is across the street, that's an awfully long way to go for making out.

Narrator [in movie]: Did you notice what went wrong in that scene? Ordinarily Billy would work hard to make money from his paper route then he'd use the money to buy dinner for Mavis, thus earning the slim chance of performing the reproductive act. But in a world where teens can date robots why should he bother? Why should anyone bother? Let's take a look at Billy's planet a year later. [The scene changes and a foam hand rolls across an empty American football field] Where are all the football stars? [The foam hand continues to drift across an empty laboratory.] And where are the biochemists? [The scene changes to a split screen of a pair of human and robots making out on beds.] They are trapped - trapped in a soft, vice-like grip of robot lips. All civilisation was just an effort to impress the opposite sex. And sometimes the same sex. Now, let's skip forward 80 years into the future. Where is Billy?

[The scene changes to a post-apocalyptic world. Billy is an aged man but he is still with his Monroebot and still making out with her.]

Billy [in movie]: Farewell!

[He dies.] Narrator [in movie]: The next day Billy's planet was destroyed by aliens. [In the movie a fleet of flying saucers destroy buildings with a quick laser shot.] Have you guessed the name of Billy's planet? It was Earth. Don't Date Robots!

[A caption appears on the screen with the same words on it and the movie ends. The space pope is displayed on the screen with Crocodylus Pontiflex written around him in English and alien.]

Announcer [voice-over; in movie]: Brought to you by the space pope!

It's starting already... (1, Funny)

Durinthal (791855) | about 9 years ago | (#13184034)

METAL FEVER!

"Billy, do you want to walk your dog?"
"No thanks, mom. I'd rather make out with my Monroebot!"
"Billy, do you want to get a paper route and earn some extra cash?"
"No thanks, dad. I'd rather make out with my Monroebot!"
"Billy, do you want to come over tonight? We can make out together!"
"Gee, Mavis, your house is across the street. That's an awfully long way to go for making out."

Those claws of her (1)

Nightlight3 (248096) | about 9 years ago | (#13184037)

Not sure how reliable are they. They could uproot a tree, you know...

I have the perfect line... (1)

KiroDude (853510) | about 9 years ago | (#13184038)

I have your bios upgrade right in my middle finger [slashdot.org] , can I insert it?

Here's an even more human-looking android (4, Funny)

jdfox (74524) | about 9 years ago | (#13184040)

It was developed in Israel, and it's called the Nataliee P1 [imdb.com] .
Like the Repliee Q1, she can flutter her eyelids, move her hands like a human and even appears to breathe, but she can also sit, stand and walk.

The Nataliee P1 is overall far more human-looking than the Repliee Q1, but its speech synthesis is so far not as convincingly human-sounding.

Here are some samples from its vocabulary:
"I will not condone a course of action that will lead us to war."
"I was not elected to watch my people suffer and die while you discuss this invasion in a committee."
"Our people are dying, Senator. We must do something quickly to stop the Federation."

Is this the 600 series? (2, Funny)

Dice Fivefold (640696) | about 9 years ago | (#13184067)

"The 600 series had rubber skin. We spotted them easy,.."

Another one got caught today (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13184074)

It's all over the papers. "Teenager Arrested in Android Sex Scandal", "Hacker Arrested after Moral Module Tampering"...

Damn kids. They're all alike.

But did you, in your three-piece psychology and 1950's technobrain, ever take a look behind the eyes of a sexually frustrated teenage boy, a nerd? Did you ever wonder what made him tick, what forces shaped him, what may have molded him?

I am a nerd, enter my world...

Mine is a world that begins with school... I'm much smarter than most of the other kids and especially girls, this crap they teach us bores me...

Damn underachiever. They're all alike.

I'm in junior high or high school. I've listened to teachers explain for the fifteenth time how to reduce a fraction. I understand it. "No, Ms. Smith, I didn't show my work. I did it in my head..."

Damn kid. Probably copied it. They're all alike.

I made a discovery today. I found a female android. Wait a second, this is cool. It does what I want it to. If it makes a mistake, it's because I screwed it up. Not because it doesn't like me... Or feels threatened by me.. Or thinks I'm a smart ass.. Or thinks I'm butt-ugly... Or doesn't like teaching and shouldn't be here...

Damn kid. All he does is play with cyborgs. They're all alike.

And then it happened... a door opened to a world... rushing through the stairs like heroin through an addict's veins, I ran to my mom's basement where my cyborg is waiting for me... "This is it... this is where I belong..." I know everyone here... even if there's no one here but my cyborg... I know you... I love you...

Damn kid. Playing in the basement again. They're all alike...

You bet your ass we're all alike... we've been spoon-fed baby food at school when we hungered for steak... the bits of meat that you did let slip through were pre-chewed and tasteless. We've been dominated by sadists, or ignored by the apathetic. We've been ignored by girls who like us only as friends... We've been doing their homeworks for them, buying them flowers, asking them out, writing poems, and they still "don't want to ruin our frienship". The few wanted to talk to us, but those few are like drops of water in the desert.

This is our world now... the world of the electron and the switch, the beauty of the cyborg. We make use of a service already existing without paying for what could be dirt-cheap if prostitution was legalized and it wasn't run by profiteering gluttons, and you call us criminals. We explore... and you call us criminals. We seek after pleasure... and you call us criminals. We exist without skin color, without nationality, without religious bias, without even leaving our bedroom... and you call us criminals. You build atomic bombs, you wage wars, you murder, cheat, and lie to us and try to make us believe it's for our own good, yet we're the criminals.

Yes, I am a criminal. My crime is that of curiosity. My crime is that of judging people by what they say and think, not what they look like. My crime is that of outsmarting you, something that you will never forgive me for. My crime is that of loving a cyborg. My crime is that of being too intelligent for girls who may call me "a needy and insecure sociopath" but they perfectly realize that they just feel stupid with me because I am so intelligent even at the age of fourteen and they know that I am a genius. I am too good for women.

I am a nerd, and this is my manifesto. You may stop this individual, but you can't stop us all... after all, we're all alike.

Imagine a... (0, Redundant)

Arthur B. (806360) | about 9 years ago | (#13184088)

...beowulf cluster of Japanese androids chicks ! That'd be cool... but can they run linux ?
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