Behold, the most real-looking robot ever created. It looks so human, you might think it’s some guy imitating a robot. Take a look at this video and notice how the thing actually breathes.
It’s called a Geminoid, which is a lifelike robot created to look exactly like its master. Geminoids are controlled by a computer system that replicates movements. The video shows the latest version of a concept started in 2005.
In this case, the robot’s subtle movements almost take it across that “uncanny valley,” where an android (or animation) gets close enough to appearing real that it borders on creepy.
How much progress does this represent? Look at this Geminoid from 2007, which looks primitive compared with this latest one:
Now, all this new robot’s makers at the Aalborg University in Denmark need to do is give this guy arms and legs and teach him how to walk, talk and think like Watson the supercomputer, and he’ll be ready to play Jeopardy.
What other uses could you foresee for this lifelike bot?