Think Haley Joel Osment in A.I. (Artificial Intelligence) but as a woman, Asian descent and a nurse. Okay so it’s nothing like Osment, but you get the gist. They’re both robots. For two days, the Tsukuba Center of the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology showed off some of their new robot creations. Meet Actroid-F, one of the androids developed to provide patients companionship during their hospital stays.
I’m sorry, but if I was laying in a hospital bed, seeing this android would creep the sh*t out of me. The android is more emotive than I thought we’d be at this stage of the game. It verges on super creepy. It’s currently being tested in some Japanese hospitals to observe patients already. I guess, “Terminator”, “I, Robot” and all those movies are right. Robots are going to rule the world one day.
As witnessed in the video, the operator’s facial expression and head movements are tracked and mimicked by the robot. Apparently they’re not as far along as they want to be. The head movements are still jerky and the whole process laborious. Thankfully the legs don’t work as of yet. There’s zero chance of it getting up and chasing you down. At least not yet. Creepy, creepy, creepy.
What are your thoughts? Is this a good idea to help hospital patients? Or is it just the beginning of the end where robots take over the human race. Or creepiest of all. Is it just a really expensive sex doll for the creator? Ewwww.