“I’m all alone in this virtual space every day. And the best way to kill time? Games, of course!”
Azumi the holographic robot wants to brush teeth, watch TV, and send cute text messages together with you.
First song’s lyrics contain not even a single death threat.
The Microsoft-created artificial intelligence leaves a troubling message ahead of acting debut.
Japanese manufacturer’s new technology would mean you’re never really riding solo.
Alongside the lifelike robot, shoppers can try their hand at futuristic screen technology that responds to touch in mid-air.
And the process it uses to color them isn’t what you might expect.
Who says experiencing real love is a perquisite for answering all of love’s tough questions?
While Tay, Microsoft US’s deep-learning AI chatbot, devolves into a horrifying racist, Microsoft Japan’s Rinna has other things on her mind…
Her most recent depictions show the AI’s heartbroken face when “she” lost to Lee Se-dol.
Fortunately, she hasn’t taken control of our nuclear weapons. Yet.
Illustrators don’t need to worry about robots stealing their jobs — yet.
Are you hosting a large event with lots of guests? Maybe it’s time to call in AI Samurai to help with crowd control!
In Japan, models occupy a similar position to the one cherry blossoms do. While appreciative eyes across the country love to gaze upon them, that pleasure is fleeting. The flowers are notorious for the brief window between when their buds open and wither, and given the premium the Japanese modeling industry places on youth, gurabia idols (a class that covers women who pose in swimwear, lingerie, or other sexy outfits) don’t tend to have particularly long careers.
But you know what never gets older or ground down by the high-pressure showbiz life? Artificial intelligence constructs, which is there’s now a crowdfunding project to create an AI version of one popular Japanese model, and the preview video shows the prototype chatting, blinking, and showing its terrifying, terrifying teeth.
We’ve known for a while that Japan is busy at work creating life-like human robots that will one day take over the world. But for the most part they’ve seemed pretty silly, like malfunctioning children that don’t quite know what they’re doing.
However the most recent Japanese android creation, Erica, might put a stop to that. She was created specifically with the goal of imitating human speech and body language patterns, in order to have “completely natural” conversations.
Will she be able to trick her inevitable suitors into thinking she’s real? Read on to find out!
Remember AIBO, the futuristic pet robot from Sony that amazed us with its dog-like appearance and behavior when it came out in 1999? It was probably one of the first examples of artificial intelligence the general public got a taste of, and we were quite duly fascinated with the antics of the robotic dogs, as evidenced by the fact that the first batch of 3,000 AIBOs sold out in just 20 minutes despite its 250,000 yen (about US$2,100 according to the exchange rate back then) price tag.
But now, more than 15 years down the line, AIBO owners who have become attached to their cybernetic pets, are facing a grave situation — an aging and ailing (or breaking down, in this case) population of AIBOs.
What does it mean to be human? That’s the question being asked in a thought-provoking new exhibition of stunningly lifelike androids, which also suggests that maybe the singularity could be closer than we think.