Human or Robot? Soon We Won’t Be Able To Tell


You have got to love the Japanese. They come up with the coolest tech gadgets, and they also come up with the insanely weird stuff that has to make you think.

Robots that look exactly like humans? That is another one that the Japanese are close to perfecting.

Hiroshi Ishiguro, one of Japan’s most famous robotic engineers, can make you your own robot that looks almost exactly like you. It will only set you back over $100,000, but if you are willing to pony up the cash, you can own a robot that is so lifelike and so similar to yourself that it can become creepy.

Granted, there are still some hints that these things are actual robots (if you watch the video, you’ll notice the robot has a bit too much movement around the mouth and not enough natural movement from the entire head), but it is pretty darn close.

We should be convinced that it is only a matter of a handful of years before we have truly human-like robots that can mimic our facial expressions and movements perfectly, without being able to tell if we are looking at a human or an android.

And to think that we thought what iRobots depicted was bad — in time, we won’t know if we are fighting the humans or robots!

[via DVice]

By James Mowery

James Mowery is a passionate technology journalist and entrepreneur who has written for various top-tier publications like Mashable and CMSWire. Follow him on Twitter: @JMowery.

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