ATR Prof. Hiroshi Ishiguro’s Geminoids take to the stage…
Last year we covered the ongoing development of Japan’s Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute Geminoid androids. First came the Geminoid HI-1, designed to look exactly like its creator, Prof. Hiroshi Ishiguro; next up, ATR unveiled a simpler, more attractive version based on an unnamed female model, the Geminoid F; and most recently the Geminoid DK, the latest ATR android this time modeled to look like the director of AAU’s Center for Computer-mediated Epistemology, Associate Prof. Henrik Scharfe.
To demonstrate the Geminoid’s ability to interact with humans, ATR held a Geminoid Summit last month at its offices in Nara, Japan.
The video clip features the Geminoid bots, and the creators they were designed to look like, all conversing quite naturally, albeit rather creepily, together in harmony.
As you can see, the Geminoids appear to be performing well. Exceptionally well it would seem according the Spectrum IEEE blog, who reported last year the Geminoid F bot had recently landed herself a job as an actress in a Tokyo stage play called Sayonara, or Good Bye in Japanese.
If androids are already replacing the roles of actors, how long will it be before the Geminoid F reaches her goal of becoming the new-generation of receptionists, or the Geminoid HI-1 and DK team up to take over the world?