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Tuesday, April 26th, 2016
2:47 pm
Tuesday, March 25th, 2014
10:48 am
Wednesday, April 10th, 2013
2:26 pm
Thursday, April 7th, 2011
12:09 am
Friday, October 29th, 2010
11:57 pm
Friday, March 19th, 2010
2:17 pm
turn your sound down before clicking this

Admirably creepy.
Sadly there is some kinda advert that says, "Congratulations! You won" when this page loads.
Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010
11:36 pm

When I was seventeen, I woulda thought this was tres cool.

When I was twenty six, I would have thanked the gods.

When I was thirty five, I would have said, "what took you so long? I almost don't care anymore."

Now? Now I don't care enough to even make a joke about it.

Fuck you, sexbots.

Oh, yeah. That's the whole point.

My bad.
Wednesday, January 13th, 2010
12:19 pm
Saturday, October 10th, 2009
4:41 pm
Sunday, August 16th, 2009
12:22 pm
meep meep meep!

Pretty much covered the whole idea in its article title, but man what an interesting thing to watch move.
Wednesday, June 24th, 2009
3:16 pm
check the pic on the actual page; it's insidious
New Humanoid Robot That Shows Emotion Unveiled In Japan - cbs13.com:
TOKYO (CBS) ―A walking humanoid robot that is able to use its whole face and body to express emotion was unveiled on Tuesday in Japan.

The robot was created by scientists at Tokyo's Waseda University and is thought to be the first of its kind according to its makers.

It is able to express a range of different emotions, including happiness, fear, surprise, sadness, anger and disgust, by opening and closing its eyes, moving its lips and eyebrows, and using its arms and legs.

The robot is installed with 48 "actuators" which allow its face and body to move in a variety of ways.

It shows happiness by opening its eyes and mouth wide and raising its arms, and sorrow by drooping its head and covering its eyes.
Friday, May 8th, 2009
11:43 pm
Thursday, March 26th, 2009
11:56 am
Thursday, January 29th, 2009
12:42 am
Saturday, December 27th, 2008
10:25 pm
Sunday, November 23rd, 2008
6:21 pm
Thursday, August 21st, 2008
12:48 am
it's not a robot, but it trumps Polar Express...
Emily is Not Real - apparently the latest thing in capturing human performance. I'm impressed. (/.)
Thursday, July 31st, 2008
2:34 pm
Anyone seen the BigDog in action?

I find it interesting that I feel sympathy for the thing based solely on its quadrapedal movement.

Thoughts? Does the Uncanny Valley not exist if things seem "alive" but not "human"?
Friday, May 9th, 2008
5:49 pm
Story challenge : ) Respond anytime in the next week.
I was just thinking about the Uncanny Valley again, and really enjoying scaring myself with the idea of "what if I was talking to a person, liking them, and after a while of being totally without any doubt they were human, I saw one of those telltale notches on their wrist, or a movement of their eye, and suddenly knew they were a construct." WOoo! Nice and scary!! : )

I challenge anyone who is into this sort of thing to write a short story about an encounter like this, where you spend a relatively long time with a person, having a positive encounter with them and connecting on an emotional level, and then you suddenly realize they are a mechanism.


After brushing up on the above idea, please feel free to write a story -- enjoy!

(cross-posted to timebombfiction and the_otherhood
Monday, May 5th, 2008
10:30 am
"No, thank you. I already ate."

Current Mood: amused
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