Saturday, April 28, 2007

Doppelgänger

Now that I mentioned that I may need a clone to be able to do multiple tasks at once... the problem are those people against human cloning! However, Hiroshi Ishiguro, professor at Osaka University has come with an excellent idea: a "twin robot" or better said, a Doppelgänger robot called Geminoid. The idea is to explore "tele-presence" i.e. being in two places at once. The robot performs the same movements as the "original" but it also has some small movements of its' own. Check out the videos... You may say: That doesn't look "cool". it's ugly Helloou! it's a twinbot! Unless you look like Brangelina it's gonna look the same as you.

Now that I think about it, it doesn't solve my problem, but it could be useful in some awkward situations, if you could turn on and off some movements, like for example, when you have your mother-in-law come to dinner... you can use the geminoid to nod and smile during all that blah blah blah, turn off other body parts of the robot, and you can be playing video games or drinking beer in some other room. It would be great for jury service, and many other activities. Who needs a virtual second life or a virtual doppelgänger, when you can escape reality and let your twinbot do all the boring stuff?

ciao

PS: Congratulations to Alejandra and Raul for their new baby girl. Now you'll need a twin-bot to change dippers.
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2 Comments:

Blogger Raul said...

Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps...

5:06 PM  
Blogger Fernando Vallejo said...

Well, it's like they say : "maybe baby..."

I called but I didn't find you. I'll try on tuesday.

ciao

12:12 AM  

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