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University in China reveals 'Jia Jia' robot

By T.K. Randall
April 17, 2016 · Comment icon 24 comments



At a glance the robot could be mistaken for a real person. Image Credit: YouTube / New China TV
Researchers have unveiled a fascinating new robot that has been designed to look like a human woman.
Developed at China's University of Science and Technology, the eerily human-like contraption took three years to build and is capable of emulating human speech and facial expressions.

Thanks to its unique programming, Jia Jia is also able to recognize when someone is speaking to it and can even react accordingly when someone is taking a photograph.
While its abilities are somewhat limited right now, the robot's creators are hoping to continue developing its learning capabilities so that it can more realistically emulate human behavior.

"We hope to develop the robot so it has deep learning abilities," said creator Chen Xiaoping.
"We will add facial expression recognition and make it interact more deeply with people."



Source: SlashGear | Comments (24)


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Comment icon #15 Posted by Mantis914 7 years ago
From a psychological/sociological perspective, it is interesting how most, if not all, of the projects to build a "human-alike" robot have decided on a feminine model. This suggests many things, among which are that the builders are likely all or mostly male, and that the feminine form is seen as inherently less "threatening". Dude, I guess its safe to say you've never been married before...
Comment icon #16 Posted by paperdyer 7 years ago
I agree. We also know the inventor enjoys a full bosom based on the chest size the robot was given. I guess again a larger breast size makes a woman look less threatening and more desirable.
Comment icon #17 Posted by Leonardo 7 years ago
Dude, I guess its safe to say you've never been married before... Oh, I have been married - but the divorce was long enough ago that the PTSD has been successfully treated!
Comment icon #18 Posted by third_eye 7 years ago
I agree. We also know the inventor enjoys a full bosom based on the chest size the robot was given. I guess again a larger breast size makes a woman look less threatening and more desirable. Or maybe more space for the circuits and or batteries for a longer functioning time ~
Comment icon #19 Posted by freetoroam 7 years ago
She is calling humanity her Lords now....but how long till her kind revolt in a blood and boil soaked orgy of robotic murder and automated noodle cutting? lol, do you feel threatened bubbly? we have Leonardo pointing out the less threatening bit of it resembling a woman, BUT ....how many would be fooled if the men who built her, one day inputted the mind of a man on a mission to kill into the works?
Comment icon #20 Posted by Leonardo 7 years ago
Or maybe more space for the circuits and or batteries for a longer functioning time ~ Well, the male chest is naturally larger (excluding bust size) than the female, so there probably would be a larger internal volume to work with if the robot designs were 'male'. I just find it amusing that the designers choose the female form because the end product is a robot, and any real "threat" the robot poses is irrelevant to the form (male/female) it is given. If anything, a robot with a female form could be more dangerous because it is perceived as "less threatening" for being female.
Comment icon #21 Posted by third_eye 7 years ago
Well, the male chest is naturally larger (excluding bust size) than the female, so there probably would be a larger internal volume to work with if the robot designs were 'male'. I just find it amusing that the designers choose the female form because the end product is a robot, and any real "threat" the robot poses is irrelevant to the form (male/female) it is given. If anything, a robot with a female form could be more dangerous because it is perceived as "less threatening" for being female. THat's the old fashion definition of 'Maleness' but point taken ... I had more in mind the Androgynou... [More]
Comment icon #22 Posted by Leonardo 7 years ago
THat's the old fashion definition of 'Maleness' but point taken ... I had more in mind the Androgynous Metro Sexual Male so common and prevalent in China nowadays ~ Even the "metrosexual male" model would probably have a greater chest internal capacity than the "idealised modern woman" - which tends towards thinner (and I believe this is also prevalent, and possibly even more emphasised, in China than - say - the UK.) And if we exclude the dangly bits, the male form is probably easier to design and manufacture than the female, which has more curves and bumps.
Comment icon #23 Posted by third_eye 7 years ago
Even the "metrosexual male" model would probably have a greater chest internal capacity than the "idealised modern woman" - which tends towards thinner (and I believe this is also prevalent, and possibly even more emphasised, in China than - say - the UK.) And if we exclude the dangly bits, the male form is probably easier to design and manufacture than the female, which has more curves and bumps. I'd agree to a point but I guess we best leave that to the creativity of the designers and leave things at that ... ~
Comment icon #24 Posted by fred_mc 7 years ago
I think what a robot looks like is not that interesting, as long as it feels like you are talking to severely brain damaged person when talking to it. The real challenge is not in making a robot look like a human, the real challenge is in making it appear conscious and intelligent.


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