Danish Professor Commissions Creepy Robot Duplicate

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Danish Professor Commissions Creepy Robot Duplicate

Denmark is now a teensy bit scarier, following the European debut of the Cadillac of robot doubles.

Associate professor Henrik Scharfe, of the Aalborg University in Denmark, has been immortalized in scary robot form. Scharfe is the head of the University's Computer-Mediated Epistemology Center, and hopes to use his robotic doppelganger to help study human interaction.

Scharfe didn't build the robot, however. Instead, Kokoro Robotics in Japan, which has a long history of creating frightening robots, constructed the duplicate using its Geminoid-F platform. The robot looks remarkably life-like - even down to the not-quite-even teeth - but the second it moves, it's obvious that it's not real. The robot, as with all Geminoid-F robots, is controlled by a human operator and can mimic their motions and facial expressions - albeit jerkily - using a series of servo-motors.

There's more to the robot than just being a creepy teaching aid though. Aalborg is also becoming the first Geminoid lab outside Japan, representing a long-term commitment to study the way that humans and robots interact. According to Scharfe, the days of robots being nothing more industrial equipment are over. He said that the evolution of robots parallels that of computers: they began as nothing more than tools, and eventually become a medium in their own right.

There's a lot more information - plus a lot more videos - on the official website for Aalborg's Geminoid Lab. Chances are, we'll be seeing a lot more of these robots in the future.

Source: via io9

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I could have sworn from the Youtube preveiw image was the real guy, then i saw it move...

Jeez, these things are really starting to get close huh?

I didn't like the eyes...or how he opened his eyes...

It's pretty crazy but the movement is what gives it away. We all know where this ends though... Judgement Day.

Holy shit, i jumped when the creepy smile formed.

Thats pretty cool through, living in these times have proved to be interesting.
Can't wait to experience human advancement in technology first hand, just think of how far we got in the last 10 years.

The moment it...smiled I cried out in terror. Good gods who thought this was a good idea?!

Dear god no, Kill it with fire!!!

It is coming for my soul. But on a slightly more serious note it's pretty disturbing on how realistic it looks...

The eyes are utterly terrifying.

I thought we built robots to do stuff for us, not make replicas of ourselves.
It looks creepy and... wrong

I want a robot doppelganger :O

Cowabungaa:
The moment it...smiled I cried out in terror. Good gods who thought this was a good idea?!

Seconded, but this was still among the most lifelike I have ever seen.

We're getting there, oh yes, we are.

Atleast this one wont mind what people write on facebook...

Aggghhhh!
Kill that fucking thing with fire!
Please...

I thought it was going to show the real guy first, and then the robot, but then the it opened it's eyes *shudder*.

While I admire the people who are working on stuff like this, please leave the skin off off the next one. These are getting really creepy.

Wilson Driesens:
I thought it was going to show the real guy first, and then the robot, but then the it opened it's eyes *shudder*.

While I admire the people who are working on stuff like this, please leave the skin off off the next one. These are getting really creepy.

Trust me, they're actually worse without the skin - http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/107642-Japanese-Engineers-Build-Creepy-Robot-Baby-Head

Catchy Slogan:
I thought we built robots to do stuff for us, not make replicas of ourselves.
It looks creepy and... wrong

I'd totally dump a doppleganger at work. Then he's doing stuff for me! :D

I am intrigued. Wonder how much this robot actually cost.

yey something other then handball has finally come out of Denmark :)

Fuck I love being a creepy Dane ;D

We're getting there.

not too many years now. And I can trade in my fleshy sack of organs and bones for a nice mechanised body.

Ohhhh happy days.

All hail robot overlords!

Wow, that thing is disturbingly lifelike. That smile.....is horrifying...

At first I thought that was a real person doing faces for the robot to imitate.

Then it smiled...

Gah! Kill it! Kill it with fire!

Lucifron:

Cowabungaa:
The moment it...smiled I cried out in terror. Good gods who thought this was a good idea?!

Seconded, but this was still among the most lifelike I have ever seen.

We're getting there, oh yes, we are.

It was when it stood still, hence why I doubted at first, but such life-like materials aren't exactly new.

Welcome to the uncanny valley!

Kill it with fire, kill it with fire!

Yeah, you guys all sound horrified, but I bloody live i Aalborg, and whats worse, I attend uni. When it decides to be our new robotic overlord, I will die first :(

What tha hell is wrong with th.OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHH!

Danish people - We're just creepy like that.

Jark212:
Dear god no, Kill it with fire!!!

It is coming for my soul. But on a slightly more serious note it's pretty disturbing on how realistic it looks...

I seem to recall people saying EXACTLY the same thing about photography... & mirrors... & shadows on cave walls...

us danes can be creepy :3

You better watch out BWAHAAHAHHAHA!!

also, might be a good idea to KILL IT WITH FIRE!!! ...

thewaever:

Jark212:
Dear god no, Kill it with fire!!!

It is coming for my soul. But on a slightly more serious note it's pretty disturbing on how realistic it looks...

I seem to recall people saying EXACTLY the same thing about photography... & mirrors... & shadows on cave walls...

I'll give you that, but a picture never interacted with anyone, or have a 3 dimensional physical presence, or have the potential to possibly learn and blend in with us... And to kill!!!

But that thing is really creepy in my opinion...

Logan Westbrook:

Wilson Driesens:
I thought it was going to show the real guy first, and then the robot, but then the it opened it's eyes *shudder*.

While I admire the people who are working on stuff like this, please leave the skin off off the next one. These are getting really creepy.

Trust me, they're actually worse without the skin - http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/107642-Japanese-Engineers-Build-Creepy-Robot-Baby-Head

Put the damn skin back on!
I won't be sleeping well tonight

Denmark, we have been creating rape face robots since 2011!

The danish fascination for Japan strikes again...

Why didn't we make a Viking Robot?

Kasper Gundersen:
Fuck I love being a creepy Dane ;D

That makes two of us... :P

OT: This is pretty cool.. I wonder why i havent heard about it in the news..

Movement and Mouth expressions gave it away. However when just moving its eyes and staying still was pretty dead on. This is cool, soon I will be able to have my own sexy Adjutant from SC1 and 2

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