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1st-Jun-2006 05:58 pm

May 15, 2006—She can hold a conversation, make eye contact, and express joy, anger, sorrow, and happiness. But is she good with kids?

These school-age tots seem to be making friends with EveR-1, a female android that made her debut this month in South Korea. The robot was built by Baeg Moon-hong, a senior researcher with the Division for Applied Robot Technology at the Korea Institute of Industrial Technology (KITECH) in Ansan, just south of Seoul (see a map of South Korea).

EveR-1 is designed to resemble a Korean female in her early 20s, according to a KITECH press release. Fifteen motors underneath her silicon skin allow her to express a limited range of emotions, and a 400-word vocabulary enables her to hold a simple conversation.

The android weighs 110 pounds (50 kilograms) and would stand 5 feet, 3 inches (160 centimeters) tall—if she could stand. EveR-1 can move her arms and hands, but her lower half is immobile.

Researchers at Osaka University in Japan unveiled their own life-size female android, Repliee Q1, last June (see a related photo of the ultra-lifelike robot). That robot could "speak," and gesture and even appeared to breathe but, like EveR-1, was only mobile from the waist up.

KITECH scientists are now working on EveR-2, which they say will have improved vision, a wider range of facial expressions, and the ability to stand and move all four limbs.

—Victoria Gilman
Felix- to the left
2nd-Jun-2006 12:07 am (UTC)
Oookay... Getting way advanced here. Though I think I'd rather have humans take care of my kids if I could have any than a robot.
2nd-Jun-2006 07:14 am (UTC)
yeah i think its the worst idea in the world! i really hate that people think robots are a cool idea when it comes to dealing with people. lol
2nd-Jun-2006 07:00 am (UTC)
that's pretty coul, kinda weird but coul ^.^
2nd-Jun-2006 07:13 am (UTC)
i think its quite scary!
2nd-Jun-2006 07:15 am (UTC)
I guess I just can't help to go into total geekmode..lol
2nd-Jun-2006 07:16 am (UTC)
not that I would want a robot taking care of my kids thou ^_^
2nd-Jun-2006 06:34 pm (UTC)
dope-riffic. i oppose robot contact for children under age 15, at least for now, so no upcoming generation gets the crazy idea that these machines deserve autonomy (yet). Perhaps a later model would be capable, but not these.

with regards to your headline, you wouldn't happen to watch battlestar, would you?
2nd-Jun-2006 07:23 pm (UTC)
i oppose robot contact for anyone. ever. lol. i just think its a bad idea. its bad enough everything is automated now and talking to a human when trying to do things is almost impossible. i love technology but i think there is a line that shouldnt be crossed. humans are humans and technology is something that should remain, well, just technological. and the idea that people want to raise their kids with it makes me want to puke.

and yes, i watch bsg like its my life. lol. you know im the biggest scifi geek!
2nd-Jun-2006 07:32 pm (UTC)
dude i love that show. so much, like it's a puppy or something. that is an excellent icon of Six and Baltar.

so wait, where are you? are you in the city? i am, and i'll be here forever. call meeeeee!!!
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