Kansei robot from Japan gives me the creeps

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Japanese seem to love robots of all kinds, and the Kansei robot is the latest in line to join the fray. What makes this robot very much different from the rest of his electronic brethren is the very fact that he responds to word associations, thanks to a silicon face mask and 19 movable parts. Kansei is able to express up to 36 facial expressions altogether from a self-updating online database of half a million words. For example, whenever he hears the word ‘bomb’, he’ll frown, mention ‘sushi’ and he’ll smile (I would’ve grinned as I absolutely love sushi). The word ‘president’ brings about a scared and disgusted look.

According to the source, certain laboratories in Japan have already developed humanoid robots that can work as maids in view of Japan’s shrinking population (tipped to slide by a quarter when 2050 rolls around), and should these robots be equipped with an advanced version of Kansei’s face, we’d be faced by a grim looking robot maid each time we ask it to sweep the home.

Source: Chip Chick

3 reviews or comments

Diane Mandui Says: June 20, 2010 at 4:17 pm

i think Japanese robots are sooo cool1!!

:) :)

Salvia Divinorum Says: July 5, 2010 at 10:53 pm

Robots are all fine and dandy, but the Japanese better start having babies, before all that’s left of them are robots. There’s something about their passion for robotics, something cultural, perhaps an echo of their “porcelain doll” human body ideal, embodied in so much anime they put out.

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