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Teh Coolness!

Posted by That Other Mike on 27/11/2008

Via BBC News:

Robots!First there were dancing robots, then house-sitting robots and now a new breed of acting robots is making its big debut on the Japanese stage.

The play, which had its premiere at Osaka University, is one of Japan’s first robot-human theatre productions.

The machines were specially programmed to speak lines with human actors and move around the stage with them.

Now this is kind of cool! Quite aside from the coolness factor of there being robots walking around on stage declaiming lines on stage, this does bring up some interesting ideas, especially when coupled with the following news item:

IBM has announced it will lead a US government-funded collaboration to make electronic circuits that mimic brains.

Part of a field called “cognitive computing”, the research will bring together neurobiologists, computer and materials scientists and psychologists.

As a first step in its research the project has been granted $4.9m (£3.27m) from US defence agency Darpa.

Now, I know this is only in the planning stages, and probably won’t go anywhere, but it’s still really exciting. It raises the idea that there might be humanoid robots which can interact interestingly and fruitfully with human beings in a way which isn’t just another Alice.

I know, I’m letting my imagination run away with me. That kind of thing is probably decades, if not centuries, away. I’d be surprised to see it in my own lifetime, to be honest, although the idea of a robot companion for my dotage does appeal somewhat.

It’ll be a long time before we see any kind of AI or anything even superficially similar to what you might find in the movies, but it’s still cool.

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3 Responses to “Teh Coolness!”

  1. Lottie said

    Very cool. Just one thing:

    although the idea of a robot companion for my dotage does appeal somewhat.

    Something you want to tell me? 😆

  2. girldujour said

    Did you mean “teh” or “the”?

  3. Mike said

    I meant “teh” because I are internetz!

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