A few months ago we brought you video of a Japanese fembot named Geminoid-F, who made her acting debut on a theater stage alongside human performers. The lifelike android was created by Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro, who had previously made an "angry" robo version of himself (meep!). Now, associate professor Henrik Scharfe is following suit by transforming himself into a Geminoid, which will be the first of its kind outside of Japan.
Like the Japanese Gem, this bot is also controlled by an operator -- proving humans aren't totally obsolete ... yet -- and the advanced software allows a transfer of facial expressions and more. According to the Geminoid research site, many people want to know if the robot is anatomically correct, but Scharfe's answer is vague. He does reveal that his wife prefers "body number 1" over the robot, so at least we know his research isn't cover for a new line of Real Dolls.
So, what are these androids for, exactly?
They're "intended to advance android science and philosophy, in seeking answers to fundamental questions, many of which that have also occupied the Japanese researchers. The most important questions are: What is a human? What is presence? What is a relation? What is identity?"
We really want to know if Professor Scharfe is in cahoots with Alcon Entertainment and the 'Blade Runner' sequel/prequel. Watch the videos and let us know what you think.