Which one is the robot? In case you’re wondering the robot, Repliee Q1, is on the left and her co-creator Hiroshi Ishiguru is on the right. It’s a bit hard to tell isn’t it? From the National Geographic site:

“Repliee Q1 (at left in both pictures) appeared on June 9 at the 2005 World Expo in Japan, where she gestured, blinked, spoke, and even appeared to breathe. Shown with co-creator Hiroshi Ishiguru of Osaka University, the android is partially covered in skinlike silicone….Internal sensors allow the android to react “naturally.” It can block an attempted slap, for example. But it’s the little, “unconscious” movements that give the robot its eerie verisimilitude: the slight flutter of the eyelids, the subtle rising and falling of the chest, the constant, nearly imperceptible shifting so familiar to humans…”

Creepy. Be afraid, be very afraid.

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