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PostSubject: Japanese Build Robo Baby!   Tue Jun 15, 2010 2:50 pm

Meet Noby!
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Japanese researchers created a baby robot designed to simulate the behavior and development of a real infant in an effort to better understand how humans grow up.

Named Noby, short for "nine-month-old baby," it has 600 sensors across its body to feel touch, cameras and microphones fitted into its head for vision and hearing and is hooked up to a powerful computer.

Noby is 28 inches tall and weighs 17 pounds, similar to a nine-month-old human. It has soft urethane skin, is flexible and has joints that move like those of a human baby.

Researchers are using it to test theories of human development, said Tokyo University professor Yasuo Kuniyoshi, who led development of Noby with the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology.

"You can load your software into the robot, watch how it reacts to human actions and its surroundings and compare it with the behavior of real children," Kuniyoshi told AFP Tuesday.

Researchers could modify their software if the robot acted strangely in order to fine tune its development, he said.

Noby is one of the humanoids created under a broader project headed by Minoru Asada, robotics engineering professor at Osaka University, and funded by the government-backed Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST).

The team is adopting a new approach to getting to know humans by replicating them, JST said in a statement.

"Human beings learn and develop various functions in the process of growing up, but the exact mechanism is yet to be explained," it said.

Shedding light on the field will help develop robots that could live together with humans in the future, it said.

The project team has also unveiled a humanoid the size of a five-year-old, the M3-Kindy -- the M3 stands for "man-made man," and Kindy for kindergarten -- which can walk hand-in-hand with a human.

Noby and M3-Kindy are the latest additions to humanoids created in the project, which also includes the M3-Neony, which mimics a new-born baby and which was unveiled earlier this year.

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As much as this is ways super awesome..
I keep thinking about AI and BiCentinal Man. tearsosad


" Shedding light on the field will help develop robots that could live together with humans in the future, it said. "

We humans have trouble living/exsisting with each other. I'm not against hitech robots, it just saddens me to think there could be something else brought into exsistance that could possibly have feelings. How soon does a program go from being able to mimick, to one that does or believes it is feeling something.

To the reality of it, as of now there are still cables running from the computer to Lil' Noby. Even though it may be a little while yet until there is created a fully independently functional "artifical" being we still should question how far should we go .

Animatronic toys - robots - ?




* Oh and I give no thought as to country.
If it can be done, it would eventually be done other places as well.
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PostSubject: Re: Japanese Build Robo Baby!   Tue Jun 15, 2010 3:01 pm

I'm skeered! shock
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PostSubject: Re: Japanese Build Robo Baby!   Tue Jun 15, 2010 8:12 pm

I knew this would happen eventually, some how it being japan isn't shocking either. Now if we could just hit the "ghost in a shell" technology, thats probably still a bunch of steps away though.
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PostSubject: Re: Japanese Build Robo Baby!   Thu Jun 17, 2010 3:56 pm

That is soo neat! creepy but neat. I cant wait to see what kind of information they learn
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PostSubject: Re: Japanese Build Robo Baby!   Thu Jun 17, 2010 5:01 pm

I think it's cool... the comments left on the article kinda' p!ssed me off, but hey.

I think it would be a good way to get the world population under control. As Ravengrim has posted many a time, some people can actually grow attachments to non-living things. If a lot of people chose to fall for something that can be programmed to understand their own personal needs without any need to have their own met, more power to them.


Hiroyasu Ueda comes to mind tongue
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PostSubject: Re: Japanese Build Robo Baby!   Fri Jun 25, 2010 11:17 am

I hope this doesn't lead to something like the Stepford Wives. Real women are not replaceable!
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