Robot Outperforms Human Counterpart (Video)

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Researchers are getting closer and closer to creating robots that are good enough to fool observers into thinking they are real. The "uncanny valley" feeling of revulsion is still a major issue, but we can foresee a day in the not too distant future when that will be overcome. A good example is the work being done with 'Jules' (video below), an animatronic robot head developed by a team at the University of Bristol.

According to a NewScientist article, Jules uses software that captures human facial expressions of emotions, then replicates them using servos buried beneath his surprisingly realistic skin. The 'scary' thing isn't Jules himself - it's the fact that his expressions look much more life-like than the human model.



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  1. This is the wrong way to go. Humans are ugly. Why replicate that ugliness?. Build a perfect machine, a nice-looking all-shiny metal robot.

  2. Wow, that’s amazing — by far the best animatronic head I’ve seen. In fact I think it may have crossed the uncanny valley for me; if it could properly lip-sync to speech, then this would be almost a “Lt. Commander Data” level of technology, in the face quality at least.


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