Do androids dream of museum curation?
That's what two eerily human-like robots have been tasked with in
The androids, which not only look human but sound it too -- able to interject humor and befuddlement mid-conversation -- will interact with visitors and to some extent be controlled by them.
"The exhibition will be a unique and rare event which will provide visitors with the opportunity to communicate with and operate android robots," museum curators explained in a press release.
The two robots -- an adult female, Otonaroid, and a girl robot called Kodomoroid -- are the latest from Japanese robotics expert Professor
Kodomoroid even demonstrated her abilities as a news reader during the press preview, and told reporters her "dream" is to have her own TV show.
Such sophisticated androids won't be be confined to public spaces for long. Ishiguro noted that another robot called Pepper, developed by Softbank and touted as being able to read human emotions, will hit the marketplace in
For those unafraid of the coming technological singularity, the development is exciting.
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