Japan has debuted a giant robot baby that can mimic infantile behavior without being told what to do, and the video will send chills up your spine.
I had two gut reactions while watching this video about Japan's new Child-robot with a Biomimetic Body (CB2). First I thought, No way could that be real — that's a tiny disturbed man in a suit. Followed by, We must kill this now, before it tries to eat the children of the world. Frankly this is the creepiest robot video I've ever seen.
According to the report:
The robot can record emotional expressions using eye-cameras, then memorise and match them with physical sensations, and cluster them on its circuit boards. The professor, also a member of the Japanese Society of Baby Science, said his team has made progress on other fronts since first presenting CB2 to the world in 2007.
In the two years since then, he said, CB2 has taught itself how to walk with the aid of a human and can now move its body through a room quite smoothly, using 51 "muscles" driven by air pressure. In coming decades, Asada expects science will come up with a "robo species" that has learning abilities somewhere between those of a human and other primate species such as the chimpanzee.