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"Facial motion test of AFFETTO From: projectaffetto
February 06, 2011
Facial motion test of Affetto, which is an child robot that is currently under development in emergent robotics laboratory at Osaka university for simulating infant cognitive development. Its face is created realistically so as to be treated as a human being by human caregivers, not as a robot.
All these years, I thought only God could 'build a baby'.
But here we have 'Project Affetto' (trans: 'Project Affection') which is trying to do just that!
"Minoru Asada, a professor of Adaptive Machine Systems at Osaka University in Japan and head of the JST ERATO Asada Project, along with two of his colleagues; Hisashi Ishihara, a PhD candidate at Osaka University; and Yuichiro Yoshikawa, from the Dept. of Adaptive Machine Systems at Osaka University have developed a child-like robot platform called Affetto."
The Project is the first 'stages' of production, starting with the head, as we can see.
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Perhaps you'll be pleased to know that an announcement 6 hours ago from this publication informs us that Project Affetto is currently 'assembling the torso', so we won't just have a disembodied robo-baby head wobbling around on some lab bench or table top.
What do you think about all this? Any thoughts?
Is this an enlightened endeavor which can potentially assist in prostheses research, child care and health care 'training' and the like?
Or is it potentially 'wrong', with the possibility of somehow providing a 'safe' way for certain souls to engage in 'robo-child abuse', as is their nature?
It is well-established now that those who abuse animals 'go on to' abuse/maim/kill humans.
Perhaps the advent of 'lifelike' humanoid robo-technology will likewise provide a 'safe-yet-still-wrong' avenue for abusers, pedophiles, sex offenders and 'perverts' to get their jollies thinking they can do it with 'impunity' with lifelike robots of all types, genders and ages.
This group will need to be well-heeled, of course, for personal ownership of the lifelike robots Japan is making it something for the very rich at this point.
Surely human 'progress' is unrelenting. I confess to finding myself, after many years of study, doubt and skepticism, carefully supportive of some of the inroads made into robotic technology, in the field of surgery, for instance.
As with 'steering ratio' mechanics on cars, robotic surgical devices are configured to 'modulate' the motions of the human hand, thereby 'smoothing out' any shakiness and the occasional 'oops'.
The risk of mishaps and 'slips' is minimized with robotic surgery in such a way that surgical procedures can be undertaken to the benefit of the patient, which could not be achieved using bare eyes and hands, alone.
Just witness the success of the da Vinci Surgical System at Stamford Hospital and elsewhere around the world:
The da Vinci is meeting with tremendous success, with the two caveats that: 1) a capable surgical team is standing by in the event of 'robo-failure' of any sort...And 2) that the surgical robot is under the direct control and supervision of humans, who are the ultimate care givers and decision-makers.The field of robotic bioethics is still in it's infancy. Yet I can foresee a day soon when these 'responsive robots' who are imbued with 'decision-making capabilities' and seemingly true-to-life responses will indeed prove once and for all to have a 'mind of their own'.
It is potentially possible that as robots become more capable of learning and approach a state of true sentience, that we humans will have our hands full with dealing with the bio and nanoethics of the situation.
Perhaps a da Vinci will deliberately 'override' the operating surgeons 'command'. Perhaps a teaching robot will learn to 'experience pain', learn to complain about it and refuse to participate any further in any 'teaching clinics'. Perhaps a robo-soldier will one day 'refuse a direct order on moral grounds'...Who knows?
It may be that unscrupulous 'programmers' will provide wanton killers on the battlefield, robo-prostitutes (Japan already has a 'sex doll prostitution' industry) and robo-victims for hire to those who enjoy inflicting pain and suffering on others.
The field of robotics fairly screams of potential to the black market. With robo-black box implants and robo-cams, one can only imagine what 'robo-blackmail' will be like, too.
Perhaps...could be...there are a lot of possibilities here, both good and bad, as far as lifelike human robots are concerned.
God give us the grace and discernment to properly use the knowledge and skills He has so graciously given us to benefit all of humankind.
Reverend Barbara Sexton
"The Biblical Biochemist-Where Science Meets the Cross"