CNET reports that famed Japanese roboticist Hiroshi Ishiguro has just created the Telenoid R1, a “minimalistic human” robot designed to aid in long-distance communication:
Telenoid users can interact with people at a distance through a laptop. The control system tracks the user’s face and head motion and captures his or her voice. The motions and voice are relayed to Telenoid, which expresses them while interacting.
Hearing the voice of a loved one emerge from the “mouth” of the ageless, genderless, limbless robo-baby seems like a waking nightmare.