Japanese Robot Has a Fatal Attraction

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Japanese Robot Has a Fatal Attraction

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Japanese scientists have made a robot capable of feeling love. And woe betide anyone that gets in his way.

Lovable Kenji is one of seven robots designed to react "emotionally" to external stimuli as part of an experiment into replicating the more complex human emotions. One thing that researchers at Toshiba Akimu Robotic Research Institute didn't quite understand is how some strains of love work.

At the start, it was actually quite sweet. Kenji would hold his stuffed doll close, cuddling it for hours on end. The researchers were thrilled with this until Kenji started showing some of the darker sides of love.

One of the young female interns started spending a lot of time with Kenji, sometimes several hours a day, and Kenji seemed to like her. So much so that he would often stand directly between her and the door out, refusing to to move.

Given he has 100 kilogram arms, the intern was rather worried about trying to move past him. In fact, she had to call technicians to shut him off after he moved to block her every time she tried to leave.

"Despite our initial enthusiasm, it has become clear that Kenji's impulses and behavior are not entirely rational or genuine," conceded Dr. Takahashi, one of the researchers.

Numerous attempts have been made to switch him back on, but every time they do so, he develops an instant crush on the next human he sees, and rushes to embrace them - with potentially fatal consequences.

Dr. Takashi has said that Kenji will have to be decommissioned permanently, perhaps proving that while we may be able to replicate emotions, controlling them is a very different matter.

Source: Slashdot

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Every new robot brings us one step closer to the terminator scenario. Although it is fascinating, I do wonder whether they should be doing this research, just because they can.

the wheels are in motion for the robot apocalypse!!!

galletea:
Every new robot brings us one step closer to the terminator scenario. Although it is fascinating, I do wonder whether they should be doing this research, just because they can.

It's worth the end of the world for just a little bit more knowledge.

Anyway, he sounds like he has as good a grip on his emotions as most humans do.

The next robot they build will have a BFG built in and a harpoon large enough to spear all the whales in existence today (assuming its thrown at the right angle). That will surely spell disaster for us puny humans.

The apocalypse is nigh!
EDIT: Damned ninjas and their ninjaing ways...

Is this a pitch for a movie? Surreal. Nice ending line, '_evil.

galletea:
Every new robot brings us one step closer to the terminator scenario. Although it is fascinating, I do wonder whether they should be doing this research, just because they can.

Do you really think that trying to give robots emotions like love is going to be the death of us all? yes it's creepy, and yes it's unfinished, but if you program all robots to have some sort of love for humanity as a whole then perhaps terminator scenarios will never occur.

What if they put this on a mech battle suit? *shuttter*

Ok that's creepy... they should just pull the plug on that one before it goes all cylon on the interns.

MaxTheReaper:

galletea:
Every new robot brings us one step closer to the terminator scenario. Although it is fascinating, I do wonder whether they should be doing this research, just because they can.

It's worth the end of the world for just a little bit more knowledge.

Anyway, he sounds like he has as good a grip on his emotions as most humans do.

And when we eventually learn everything, what's the point of going on?

black lincon:

Do you really think that trying to give robots emotions like love is going to be the death of us all? yes it's creepy, and yes it's unfinished, but if you program all robots to have some sort of love for humanity as a whole then perhaps terminator scenarios will never occur.

Nah, that would be a stretch, but I'm not sure that giving a robot a personality is the best way to go.

The_root_of_all_evil:

Numerous attempts have been made to switch him back on, but every time they do so, he develops an instant crush on the next human he sees, and rushes to embrace them - with potentially fatal consequences.

God, I can just picture that now.

*while crushing a young redshirt intern to death*
"I love you, and sometimes love hurts."

Hopefully the next one will be six feet tall, have a Fog Hat Grey finish and say "Bite my shiny metal ass!" commonly in a New York accent. On another note...

Begley:
Those Japanese are so clever.

Just hope it's not the special "fetish" edition. If you don't get the reference, go watch the Foamy the Squirrel cartoon "Conspire to Rewire".

WARNING: PG-13 at least. If you're a child, first off, what the crap are you doing on the internet? Do your homework! Second, if you're not offended by talk straight out of the toilet, it's hilarious.

Um, why not just remove the arms?... You can thank me for saving humanity later.

I, Robot, anyone?

galletea:

black lincon:

Do you really think that trying to give robots emotions like love is going to be the death of us all? yes it's creepy, and yes it's unfinished, but if you program all robots to have some sort of love for humanity as a whole then perhaps terminator scenarios will never occur.

Nah, that would be a stretch, but I'm not sure that giving a robot a personality is the best way to go.

Your plastic pal that's fun to be with? Ghastly.

Jaedon:
Um, why not just remove the arms?... You can thank me for saving humanity later.

Well...there's always the force behind it as well...

black lincon:

galletea:
Every new robot brings us one step closer to the terminator scenario. Although it is fascinating, I do wonder whether they should be doing this research, just because they can.

Do you really think that trying to give robots emotions like love is going to be the death of us all? yes it's creepy, and yes it's unfinished, but if you program all robots to have some sort of love for humanity as a whole then perhaps terminator scenarios will never occur.

The movie I, Robot springs to mind...

Edit: Beaten to it. To add a little more to my post though: I am astonished that technology has moved so far as to even mimic human emotional behavior to such a degree, however imperfect the results. Despite the imagery presented by many in this thread, myself among them, of mechanical doom descending upon us, I imagine that programming for limiting behavior to safe levels wouldn't be that far down the line.

This is quite possibly one of the most interesting things I have ever read.

drop2zero:
This is quite possibly one of the most interesting things I have ever read.

"The Cylons were created by Man.
They were created to make life easier on the Twelve Colonies.
And then the day came when the Cylons decided to kill their masters.
After a long and bloody struggle, an armistice was declared.
The Cylons left for another world to call their own.
A remote space station was built...
Where Cylon and human could meet and maintain diplomatic relations.
Every year, the Colonials send an officer...
The Cylons send no one.
No-one has seen or heard from the Cylons in over forty years..."

Sorry Drop2zero but when I saw your avatar I couldn't help it.

Glad that robot doesn't have any genitals or things would get nasty, as in Japanese robo-fetish nasty.

This is almost like some kind of a comedy skit.

I bet we will not be exterminated by gun-toting Terminators, but we'll be crushed by gigantic Lovebots in fatal embrace/run over.

ahh.. 1 step closer to robot uprising. Can't wait.

Vanguard1219:

The_root_of_all_evil:

Numerous attempts have been made to switch him back on, but every time they do so, he develops an instant crush on the next human he sees, and rushes to embrace them - with potentially fatal consequences.

God, I can just picture that now.

*while crushing a young redshirt intern to death*
"I love you, and sometimes love hurts."

Even better: I love you...to death.

Dear lord this is disturbing. And a dark sign of things to come. Lord knows when we will go to far (maybe the LHC?).

So we will be hugged to death? Damn, that's not how I thought I would go...

orannis62:

Vanguard1219:

The_root_of_all_evil:

Numerous attempts have been made to switch him back on, but every time they do so, he develops an instant crush on the next human he sees, and rushes to embrace them - with potentially fatal consequences.

God, I can just picture that now.

*while crushing a young redshirt intern to death*
"I love you, and sometimes love hurts."

Even better: I love you...to death.

Lol great video, its been years since i last saw billy and mandy :P

On topic though i wonder what sort of program they gave the robot that it would do something like that. Its got to be making its decisions based on something which is most likely its programming. So one of the crazy scientists must've programmed it like that :P

galletea:

black lincon:

Do you really think that trying to give robots emotions like love is going to be the death of us all? yes it's creepy, and yes it's unfinished, but if you program all robots to have some sort of love for humanity as a whole then perhaps terminator scenarios will never occur.

Nah, that would be a stretch, but I'm not sure that giving a robot a personality is the best way to go.

Isn't there something to test whether a robot has human or near human intelligence? The Turing Test, my flatmate was doing work on Turing Computers a while ago (she does Philosophy). Apparently in the test, if a chatbot on the computer/robot can persuade a human chatting to it that the computer is actually human (obviously the human doesn't know who he/she's talking to), then the robot is deemed to be a Turing computer and has human intelligence. Needless to say that no computer so far has ever passed the test.

Anyway, maybe they'll have all the scientists wear red labcoats from now on...?

lol this seems like so very many movies ive seen
all it takes is a very good AI program, a moveible body, and human like emotions(which is all it needs to give it a goal in its robotic life), then u have a recipe for disaster. the emotions make the robot want to be with/protect someone, the AI gives it a very good knowledge of how to do so, and the body gives it the means to do so. the AI begins extending its ideas of how to protect that person, how to keep that person with them, and how to keep from getting shut down so that it can fullfil these tasks.
this eventually leads to the robot attempting to destroy all of humanity, except for that person, in order to protect that person and keep the person with him

Ah, the robot has mastered the famous to to move, remarkable.

uh oh......robots have feelings!!!!!

apocalypse inbound!

This sounds a little far fetched to me. Why on Earth would they create a robot designed to replicate emotions, and then give it the strength to threaten a human? Sounds too cliche to be real.

Then again, this is the Japanese we're talking about here. God knows what they'll think of next.

dalek sec:

drop2zero:
This is quite possibly one of the most interesting things I have ever read.

"The Cylons were created by Man.
They were created to make life easier on the Twelve Colonies.
And then the day came when the Cylons decided to kill their masters.
After a long and bloody struggle, an armistice was declared.
The Cylons left for another world to call their own.
A remote space station was built...
Where Cylon and human could meet and maintain diplomatic relations.
Every year, the Colonials send an officer...
The Cylons send no one.
No-one has seen or heard from the Cylons in over forty years..."

Sorry Drop2zero but when I saw your avatar I couldn't help it.

I think that quote is quite fitting actually. Judging by this article, we could be well on our way to creating Cylons of our very own. I just hope they don't model one of them after Tricia Helfer...or we're all doomed, lol.

There's one reason we have no reason to worry about the robot apoccalypse: No sane researcher is going to create more than a handful of these things until what they're trying to achieve is perfected.

Ha! Robot? Or hornybot?

Sorry, that was lame.

Why did the Japanese create a robot to test emotions that had the physical capability to seriously injure/kill people? Sounds like a very dumb move to me. And testing emotions of all things! Everyone knows that emotions are most likely to inspire murder. Why didn't they make a tiny little weakling robot?

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