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    Are programmers training your replacement?




    WACKY WEB WEEK

    Are programmers training your replacement?


    By Kathleen Atkins
    Monday morning, Aiko Chihira began her new job as a greeter at Tokyo’s Mitsukoshi department store.Store greeters rarely face a crowd of reporters on their first day. But Aiko gamely smiled and blinked at the cameras, sang a duet with an opera singer, and delivered her spiel to a crowd of marveling shoppers. The talented robot (truly not human) can speak and use sign language in Japanese. She’s programmable for Chinese and Korean.

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    There was something creepy about that "robot".

    I think I have read about this phenomenon in the past, where when people are presented with a facsimile of a person that is "too real", the mind presents a certain uncomfortable sensation that something is "not right".

    Engineers that design human-appearing robots have their work cut out for them. Nonverbal communication as presented in a face and body movements are incredibly complex and subtle. I also remember reading that children are incredibly adept at ferreting out an artificial human facsimile.

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