Thursday, March 10, 2011

Artificial Clones

While the synthetic Gemini are amazingly progressing, the extensive practice of plastic surgery is turning celebrities' faces into non-anatomical, aberrant masks. 
The public does not seem to bother at all, quite the opposite though. 
Meanwhile robotics in surgery are progressing fast enough for us to foresee a very intricated situation as well as an interesting "close science-fiction" scenario in which a geminius will look more human and natural than a living person who could have been surgicated, through a digital 3D process, by... a robot!
In an endless feedback loop process with partial recalls such as 
"I play in a XVIth century movie and need a genuine face for the role otherwise it would look as Julius Caesar using a cell phone"  Armand Dauré.

Hiroshi Ishiguro

Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro (石黒浩 Ishiguro Hiroshi) is director of the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory, part of the Department of Adaptive Machine Systems (知能・機能創成工学専攻) at Osaka University, Japan. A notable development of the laboratory is the actroid, a humanoid robot with lifelike appearance and visible behaviour such as facial movements.

Geminoid. DK

"The first geminoid, HI-1, was created in 2005 by Prof. Hiroshi Ishiguro of ATR and the Tokyo-based firm, Kokoro. A geminoid is an android, designed to look exactly as its master, and is controlled through a computer system that replicates the facial movements of the operator in the robot."
"Associate Professor Henrik Scharfe decided to make a robot copy of himself. That is me, his Geminoid. I am being constructed in Japan while a new lab for me is being built at Aalborg U. That will be my new home."

Making the hands of the Geminoid

Geminoid-DK first smile

Geminoid test

Prof. Hiroshi Ishiguro at Osaka University 
Female Android Geminoid F

Robot Looks Like Inventor

Now directing (actors) is reaching its full sense

Robot actress takes to the stage

Robot gets Job as Actroid-Human Bow down ..

Body Movement Analysis of Human-Robot Interaction 
By Takayuki Kanda, Hiroshi Ishiguro, Michita Imai, and Tetsuo Ono.
Attached markers (left) and obtained 3D numerical position data of body movement (right)

This paper presents a method for analyzing human-robot interaction by body movements. Future intelligent robots will communicate with humans and perform physical and communicative tasks to participate in daily life. 


Latest Geminoid Is Incredibly Realistic
Japanese develop 'female' android