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July 27, 2005

Japanese (Who Else?) Develop First Realistic MechaWhore Female Android

Speaking of Westworld.

Japanese scientists have unveiled the most human-looking robot yet devised - a "female" android called Repliee Q1.

She has flexible silicone for skin rather than hard plastic, and a number of sensors and motors to allow her to turn and react in a human-like manner.

She can flutter her eyelids and move her hands like a human. She even appears to breathe.

Professor Hiroshi Ishiguru of Osaka University says one day robots could fool us into believing they are human.

It's even easier when you want to believe.

Repliee Q1 is not like any robot you will have seen before, at least outside of science-fiction movies.

She is designed to look human and although she can only sit at present, she has 31 actuators in her upper body, powered by a nearby air compressor, programmed to allow her to move like a human.

Ummm, I don't think the fact that she can only recline is going to hurt her sales.

"I have developed many robots before," Repliee Q1's designer, Professor Ishiguru, told the BBC News website, "but I soon realised the importance of its appearance. A human-like appearance gives a robot a strong feeling of presence."

Uh-huh.


Their Caption: Professor Ishiguru (r) stresses the importance of appearance

Dirty pervert. I like how they point out he's on the (r).

Okay, here's the checklist:

Flyin' cars: NO

Bubble cities: NO

Clean Fusion Power: NO

Oxy-Gum: NO

Super Fembot Positronic Erotic RoboSluts: YES

Glad to see we've got our collective priorities in order.

Man-Hands Alert: GuinPens is bothered by the rather massive meathooks on that electrotrollop.

Okay... not a true fembot yet. More of a male robot who's undergone a sex change.

Let's just call it a TranDroid for now.

When they look like Pris or Rachel Rosen, let me know. Until then, I'll stick with the real thing.

By which I mean internet pornography.


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