Robot dreams

One of the latest on Wired is an article about Hiroshi Ishiguro, a robotic researcher at ATR Intelligent Robotics and Communication Laboratories. He has developed the Geminoid HI-1, that is in the image of himself. Literally. It even mimics the micromovements of a human being such as breathing, and taps its foot. It can lip sync with the best of them as the controller wears a motion recognition system and the voice sent via remote. Uncannily eerie.
As of late, I’ve been a huge fan of the Ghost in the Shell. Mainly because the Japanese seem to be leading in robotic advancements beyond anything that we’ve seen on this side of the Pacific and it talks about the differences within a society where prosthetics consists of advanced robotics. What’s even more fascinating is that many of the science-fiction dreams that are depicted in anime are strangely coming to life. With advancements that are allowing cybernetics to exist, perhaps this is the beginnings of androids taking shape.