Would you copy your mind to a robotic body-double?

A central theme of the recently concluded GF2045 Congress was the idea of achieving a kind of immortality by transferring our minds to avatars or robots. Indeed, as Japanese professor Hiroshi Ishiguro’s presentation clearly showed, our robotic doppelgangers will truly be made to look and act like the real thing. » 6/18/13 9:40am 6/18/13 9:40am

A clothing store mannequin that imitates your movements

We're not entirely sure if United Arrows' new MarionetteBot makes mannequins more or less creepy, but it's certainly attracting attention. To make it work, the popular Japanese clothing chain equipped a mannequin with a series of motors and 16 wires that are guided by a Kinect. By standing and moving in front of the… » 2/19/13 9:30am 2/19/13 9:30am

New video of Machine Perception Lab's creepy robot baby shows that it is indeed creepy

We've known about Machine Perception Lab's super-realistic robot baby for quite some time now, but we've never actually seen it in action — at least until now. As this new video shows, roboticists appear to be getting perilously close to crossing the uncanny valley — while scaring the crap out of the good children… » 1/08/13 3:00pm 1/08/13 3:00pm

This is some of the most incredible facial modeling we've ever seen — and it was developed by Disney

This is really, really, really impressive. The folks at Disney Research Zurich have just unveiled what they call a "new physical face cloning method" that allows them to fabricate an artificial human face (for use with an animatronics model) at mind-blowing levels of detail. The modeling methods are incredibly… » 8/15/12 8:55am 8/15/12 8:55am

These robotic butt-cheeks respond to slaps, caresses, and pokes

There is a chance (a small chance, but a chance, nonetheless) that one day in the distant future, the sun will set on the world of humans and rise over a world ruled by machines. When that day comes, and our automaton overlords tower over us, inquiring why those few who survived the great robot uprising should not… » 5/10/12 4:40pm 5/10/12 4:40pm

Uncanny Valley masks transform you into a beautiful nightmare

Designer Meike Harde has printed out a series of two-dimensional masks of attractive human features that — when skewed by the contours of the actual face — become positively repellent. The flawless (albeit substitute) eyes and lips meld with the exposed skin, and these perfect traits become imperfect and downright… » 4/16/12 8:40am 4/16/12 8:40am

Scientists still aren't sure why the "uncanny valley" freaks you the hell out

When Pixar screened a computer-animated short film called "Tin Toy" in 1988, test audiences hated the sight of the pseudo-realistic baby named "Billy" who terrorized the toys. Such a strong reaction persuaded Pixar to avoid making uncannily realistic human characters - it has since focused its efforts on films about… » 4/05/12 1:26pm 4/05/12 1:26pm

This robotic baby crawled out of your nightmares

Robot babies are generally all sorts of uncomfortable, but this animatronic tot takes the tungsten-exoskeletoned cake. YouTuber Kitanimboy, who has quite the experience building robotic children for Torchwood and ad campaigns, has recently unveiled this strange cyber-baby skeleton. He won't reveal what job it's for,… » 1/21/12 12:45pm 1/21/12 12:45pm

Looker is the rare cheesy 1980s movie that got the future right

By now, most of us are resigned to the notion that the Future™ is not going to be everything we were promised by science fiction. We will not be getting our flying cars, wise-cracking robot butlers, immortality pills, or pleasure model replicants any time soon. But while we mourn for everything that science fiction… » 2/12/11 3:00pm 2/12/11 3:00pm