Monday, July 24, 2006

Androids And Humans Will Cohabitate In The Near Future

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – In the future you might not be able to tell the androids from the humanoids without a scorecard.

Or so believes Karl MacDorman, a professor at the Indiana University School of Informatics in Bloomington, Indiana, who has been researching androids for more than 15 years.

He says androids – which are tin-based silicone robots with human features – are becoming so lifelike that he has had many people mistake them for humans during research projects even though he tells them they are talking to machines.

He’s also discovered that many real humans get uncomfortable when they realize they’re talking to a robot.

So that’s why MacDorman has devoted his research to finding out what type of android can mix in best with human society.

As he puts it, “It’s important to make sure an android doesn’t look too real because humans will find them eerie.”

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