Monday, April 05, 2010

Japanese Unveil Android Surrogate 'Geminoid F'




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blacklistednews - The inventors of a robot capable of mimicking human movements and facial expressions believe it is so realistic that it can be used to provide counseling to human patients.

The robot, called "Geminoid F," is modeled after a woman in her late 20s and operated by remote control. It can copy a wide range of expressions, including blinking, frowning and smiling. A speaker in the body can project a human voice.

Hiroshi Ishiguro, the professor at Osaka University who led the development team, told a press conference on Saturday that he saw the robot as more than an expensive toy. "It could be used for remote medical care, such as counseling," he said.

Geminoid F, a joint creation of Osaka University and Kyoto-based Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International, will be sold by robot maker Kokoro Co. from May. It hopes to sell about 50 robots at about 10 million yen ($106,000) each.

The android is slightly smaller than the model on whom Ishiguro's team based its design. She is 158 centimeters tall, while the robot is only 140 cm and weighs 30 kilograms.

"I felt as if I had a sister sitting next to me," said the model. "But when I was using the remote control, she seemed to be me."

Japanese Unveil Android Surrogate 'Geminoid F'

2 comments :

Ai said...

I don't see how a person speaking through a robot will be any better at counseling than a real live person...

More expensive? Yes. Better? No, I don't think so.

J.Griffin said...

Many people,
especially in Japan,
do not want interpersonal contact.

That's pretty central to a lot of personal problems across the "modern" world,I believe.

On a different
(but somewhat related note),
it is strange to me how much of the so-called modern world condones barbaric behaviour....

It is really becoming a problem everywhere-
people are becoming more and more like the " 'Borg "
from the Star Trek series.

The more our communication devices increase,
the more our communication skills deteriorate...

Over-isolation with a twisted form of connection is not ALL of the problem
but it is NOT part of the best solution,
IMO.

I can go on but I will just simply say that people are not machines and logic will never master emotion.

Knowledge(words) alone will not solve people's problems.

That is the problem with this form of counseling.

It will mostly be used to further flatter people and reinforce
their sense of victimization,justify their isolationism and condone their self-pity.

If people will not take responsibility for their lives no one else will do it for them...
unless they want to be a ward of the state or become a source of income,career and an object to control and study for the whitecoats.

Obviously,
I am biased but as Sigmund "Fraud"
once said,
"Our patients are to us an object of study and the means by which we derive our means of support
but we can never really cure them we can only help them cope with their condition."

So,
I ask you this-
Where would psychiatry be today
without drugs?

If people had to pay psychologists
out of their own pockets,
how much business would they really have?

Is a $100,000 robot REALLY going to
help this situation?


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