Markets in everything Elfoid homunculus cellphone edition the culture that is Japan

by on March 10, 2011 at 4:35 am in Economics | Permalink

For real, hat tip goes to Bamber.

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It takes on the facial characteristics of whomever you are speaking to (with a camera intermediary) and it is "based on a larger robot created by Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro."

When asked how he responds to comments that his Telenoid appears creepy, Ishiguro simply shrugged his shoulders and said that “it is not creepy.”

Nate March 10, 2011 at 2:30 am

Gah! The uncanny valley strikes again!

Anon March 10, 2011 at 6:03 am

Your science is re-inventing Voodoo dolls.

Time Traveler March 10, 2011 at 7:42 am

What day is it? No, no, what year?

Oh no! I've arrived too late to stop them!

You maniacs! You never thought about what this would bring about!

Palm Springs Used Ca March 10, 2011 at 8:51 am

That doughboy thing is a cell phone? Where is the mouth piece? What if a stranger calls you, how would the cell phone know what the stranger looked like in order to take its form? The idea is creepy and the concept even creepier.

mbt March 18, 2011 at 6:05 am

characteristics of whomever you are speaking to (with a camera intermediary) and it is “based on a larger robot created by Professor

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