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    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeApr 29th 2008 edited
  1.  (2024.2)
    • CommentAuthorchris g
    • CommentTimeApr 29th 2008
    bleep-blorp, future overlords!! We welcome you!
  2.  (2024.4)
    Overlords? You can split it with a gentle kick then it takes about 10 minutes to reassemble. Easy getaway. Even longer if you throw the pieces away from each other!
    I know, I know, it's grandchildren will kick my arse... :s
  3.  (2024.5)
    I say we nuke 'em from orbit - it's the only way to be sure....

    Some folks and I were watching vids like this and wondering, why are American robotics generally based on animal or appendage forms, while the Japanese are galloping hellbent-for-leather -rode-the-40 into the Uncanny Valley of human replication, especially with the childlike form?
  4.  (2024.6)
    @KitsuneCaligari I think it's mostly due to the Japanese cultures familiarity and acceptance of artificial human forms. I think exposure to stuff like astroboy so many years ago has just made the culture more accepting of such things. Americans on the other hand I think have taken longer to adjust to robots with human like qualities. The entertainment industry of the 60's portrayed robots in a much different light here than it did in Japan.
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeApr 29th 2008 edited
    Japanese culture is still heavily influenced bu Shinto Animist and Pantheistic beliefs.

    Just as humans are believed to possess a spirit (Kami) so are not just animals but places and inanimate objects.

    Hence, for example, the shrine to commemorate the Kami of people's favorite games machines and games. As I understand it, there's also a huge difference between how Japanese and American factory workers treat industrial robots. The Japanese workers, give them names; paint eyeballs or faces on them; ask after them if they're "sick" and generally act as if they were coworkers.

    So, there's no hard barrier between humans and non-humans. (It'd be interesting to see how the "Valley of the Uncanny" experiments came out if they were repeated in Japan.)
  5.  (2024.8)
    @Kosmopolit Hmm, I hadn't thought about the religious aspects of it. That's actually a really good point. I could see the puritanical belief structure having something to do with it here as well. While I think the fervor over creation of life has moved on to cloning etc. I could easily see some churches up in arms over robots that show a great deal of human characteristics. Not to mention the shadows of these beliefs would shape the types of research many people do.
      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeApr 29th 2008
    Eh, doesn't seem so scary - it fell back over when it was done, after all.

    Still, that was very cool to watch. Once these modular components start getting smaller and smaller, we could see some very interesting machines, I think.
      CommentAuthorJay Kay
    • CommentTimeApr 29th 2008
    On the difference between US & Japan robotics: I never thought of those reasons--I just assumed that the Japanese wanted a working sexbot more than us. :|
    • CommentTimeApr 30th 2008