We hear things retrospectively when we have understood them - Marcel Proust
I think she is a well-known resident of "Uncanny Valley".http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uncanny_valleyI was about to make the unkind remark that she compares reasonably well with the Toshiba employees who introduce and comment on her, but then a more serious thought occurred to me. In oriental societies where there is huge emphasis on "fitting in" socially by means of scrupulous observance of small social rituals, such humanoids are probably a good deal more impressive. Here in the west, we are more interested in "character" and standing out by means of quirky expression.Rumour has it that the UK Liberal Party is funding research for a male version to be released shortly after May 7th 2015. Apparently the last version has been working for some years in a secret location, but the party are not happy with its performance and he is due to be scrapped.
Just wheels & wires. I do find the focus on gesture a bit pukey. Of more interest is Watson, once its successors are hooked up to Ms Automaton we may start to worry. Will robots ever have a private part? - and I don't mean that sort!
Not to speak of what it would do for the blow up doll trade.
Sam - maybe the Lib Dem version is also a resident of Uncanny Valley, yet the aversion seems more constant to me. All dip and no rise.Roger - yes Watson is more interesting, although with an android interface maybe anything is possible.James - I wonder how many men watch the video without that thought passing through their minds (:
Japan is a country which has preserved its national homogeneity and will not accept mass immigration. It's population is in quite steep decline ergo......They did something similar with factory automation years ago. Whilst Britain was importing large numbers of people to keep wages down, Japan was automating and using factory robots.The Japanese economy is said to be in the doldrums yet productivity per worker has increased phenomenally of recent years although GDP a is stagnant.Now which would you rather live in. - a country of declining population with high income per person or an expanding low wage economy with higher GDP, crowded with low paid immigrant workers?
Edward - I think the Japanese know how to plan long term and have been aware of demographic inevitability for decades. Ultimately I believe they expect their elderly to be cared for in part by robots rather than low wage immigrants.
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