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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

What's wrong with this man?

Take a look at the man below? Can you guess what's "wrong" with him. As I like to say, use your intuition! First, look at the photo, then scroll down and play the video.

 What is he thinking?

Did you guess that the “guy” is a robot? This kind of android is called a “geminoid”, and the first one was created in 2005 by Prof. Hiroshi Ishiguro in Japan. A geminoid is robot which looks precisely like its maker. The geminoid is controlled by a person hooked up to a computer system, and any facial movements made by the person are mirrored in the face of the robot.

A little spooky huh? Of course copying the surface features of human beings is the easy part of robotics. It’s the mind that poses the real challenges. Science is yet to satisfactorily answer the question “What is consciousness?”, let alone reproduce it! I have long argued that consciousness contains non-local properties which would appear to be non-replicable via mechanisation. As for intelligence (an entirely different concept), that may well be achieved, if not quite in human-like form.

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1 comment:

  1. thank you
    here's something somewhat along those lines: