Thursday, November 27, 2008

Actor robots take Japanese stage (WN0014)

If the world is to be run by robots in the future, we can only hope that they are Japanese-made rather than as products of the US military.

Having seen what Japan can do with robotics after witnessing a robot brass band (note perfect) at Aichi EXPO 2005, I was intrigued to discover today that they are now moving into the world of acting.

A 20-minute play has premiered at Osaka University, featuring both humans and robots. The BBC reports 'in the play, the robot complains that it has been forced into boring and demeaning jobs and enters into a discussion with the humans about its role in their lives.'

What areas of the human experience remain to be replicated by machines? Answers on a comment thread, please...

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