Last night’s episode of The Gadget Show featured Jason Bradbury and Suzi Perry trying to present the show, while not AT the studio.
In the case of Suzi, she had a virtual avatar of herself made, then overlayed on the screen. She looked a bit odd, but it worked ok.
Jason attempted a robot of himself. From the neck up, it was scarily life-like while motionless, but moved in a manner that made it obvious he wasn’t human.
Don’t get me wrong. I like robots. They’re pretty cool. The idea of having a device that can tidy your house, mow your lawn, or even drive to work for you – all pretty cool.
But robot engineers have to stop trying to make them look human. You’ve had about 50 years at it, and you’ve failed. They’re STILL creepy, weird, dead behind the eyes, with no expression to speak of. Just move on.
Now let’s have no more of this. Scientists! Engineers! Make me a robot that allows me to live from its immoral earnings, without a stain on either of our characters, or a frowning face from the rest of society.
Update: 20th October 2011
I’ve just read this in the metro, and so have another robot to add to the NO list, in the form of:
(Teotronico robot, picture by Caters news agency)
Why the creepy black and white of his face? He’s like an evil piano-playing skeleton, with wonky eyes (and 19 fingers, apparently). Or, given his outfit, if you reversed the black and white of his face, he’s Papa Lazarou from the League of Gentlemen. Horrible. Stop it, stop it now.