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News outlets are reporting on alleged automated female robots unveiled at the Tokyo Game Show held in Japan. These reports create the sense that the robots are real while also using language suggesting that they were actually humans posing as robots. It is unlikely that robotic technology is at the level demonstrated in the video but technology is already at the state where many wouldn’t be surprised if the “robots” were actually robots. Personally, I would be surprised. The eyes seem to be the hardest thing to master recreating and this holds true for computer generated imagery as well. This so-called robot is completed out of the “uncanny valley”, which, at least at this point in time, is a clear sign that it is a human.
In aesthetics, the uncanny valley is the hypothesis that human replicas which appear almost, but not exactly, like real human beings elicit feelings of eeriness and revulsion (or uncanniness) among some observers.
Humans are already taking exception to robots used as sex workers in Barcelona, complaining that a local brothel staffed with realistic life-sized dolls was creating a serious dent in their business. How soon until automated fitness models perform routines at fitness competitions? Who could compete against a perfect robot? Are breast implants already a step in the robot direction?
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