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Creepy 'Bot Tries to Bridge the Uncanny Valley with Facial Mimicry

By DMO Affiliate
A TEAM OF ITALIAN ENGINEERS HAVE BROUGHT US ONE STEP CLOSER TO HAVING A ROBOT LOOK AT YOU WITH A REALISITC EXPRESSION OF CONTEMPT. ROBOTICISTS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF PISA PROUDLY PRESENT THE FACE ANDROID--AN EXPRESSIVE FEM-TRON CAPABLE OF PULLING OFF A RANGE OF PROGRAMED EMOTIONS, SUCH AS DISGUST, FEAR, AND SADNESS. SO TAKE HER TO A SPORTS BAR, AND SHE'LL BLEND RIGHT IN. THE ANDROID USES 32 MOTORS IN ITS HEAD, NECK, AND TORSO TO MIMIC HUMAN FEELING, AND SHE HITS THE "WHO FARTED" FACE PRETTY SPOT ON--YET, SHE DOESN'T QUITE BRIDGE THE OL' UNCANNY VALLEY, NOW DOES SHE. WHAT IS HUMANKIND'S FASCINATION WITH MAKING HYPER-REALISTIC FAKE PEOPLE? ALL THE SWEAT, BLOOD, AND TEARS THAT GO INTO SLAPPING TOGETHER A RUBBERY JAPANESE SCHOOL-GIRL--OR WORSE YET, ONE OF THOSE HORRID ROBERT ZEMECKIS CGI MANAQUINS--COULD BE SPARED BY GOING DOWN TO YOUR LOCAL MEAT MARKET, PICKING UP SOME STRANGE, AND MAKING A REAL PERSON. THOUGH, I GUESS THEN YOU'D HAVE TO FEED IT.
Creepy 'Bot Tries to Bridge the Uncanny Valley with Facial Mimicry




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