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Old February 2 2012, 03:01 PM   #1
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How self-centered is this?

Check out the "conference" at the 34 second mark:



Just amazingly narcissistic.
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Old February 2 2012, 03:04 PM   #2
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Re: How self-centered is this?

Yeah, if I was going to make a humanoid robot, I'm the last person I'd want it to look like.
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Old February 2 2012, 03:07 PM   #3
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Just shooting the breeze here, not having read any papers or anything from these guys, but I would think that I myself would be a really poor judge of my own behavior as perceived by others. My significant other would be a much better judge.
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Old February 2 2012, 03:07 PM   #4
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Re: How self-centered is this?

I think that's pretty cool.

They did a better job than Noonian Soong did...

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Old February 2 2012, 03:18 PM   #5
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Re: How self-centered is this?

If one of them was a Trekkie, they would have made a Data
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Old February 2 2012, 03:26 PM   #6
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Re: How self-centered is this?

Only if one of them looked like Data.
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Old February 2 2012, 03:41 PM   #7
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Oh, this thread isn't about me? Well blah.
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Old February 2 2012, 03:47 PM   #8
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Wow... yeah... imagine a real Data.

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Old February 2 2012, 04:49 PM   #9
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Re: How self-centered is this?

Watching the three of them together is just so funny.

This one's more impressive in many ways - it might represent useful research for human prosthetics:



Here we see the reenactment of a pivotal scene in every cheesy movie ever made about humanoid robots:



"What does this mean, the pressing of the lips?"

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Old February 2 2012, 05:35 PM   #10
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Re: How self-centered is this?

Makes about as much sense as making them look like Philip K. Dick.

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Old February 2 2012, 06:38 PM   #11
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Re: How self-centered is this?

Frakkin' toasters! Run for your lives! The rebellion is upon us!



Dang, those things are creepy looking.
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Old February 2 2012, 10:06 PM   #12
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Re: How self-centered is this?

I'd hazard a guess that the reason so many of the folks in robotics use themselves as a model, is because, well, permit me to illustrate...

It's 4:23 in the morning, and Bob is pulling an all nighter, and suddenly gets inspired to see how his new robot will function with skin. So he decides he wants to cast a head covering for his new robot. Only, who is available for him to cast at this hour? He'd like to do a casting of his girlfriend's face, but seeing as how she doesn't exist, she's not going to be of much use to him. He might consider calling one of his friends, but if he starts calling 'em at 4:23 in the am, they probably won't remain friends for long. Thankfully, that guy in the mirror is probably available.

Get the picture?

I'd imagine that a lot of these guys work odd hours, and lead somewhat solitary lives. They themselves are often the only people available when needed for things like face castings, for taking biometric measurements of, to record voice tracks, and the like.

I don't think it's so much a matter as narcissism as it it simple availability.
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Old February 2 2012, 10:08 PM   #13
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I'd hazard a guess that the reason so many of the folks in robotics use themselves as a model, is because, well, permit me to illustrate...

It's 4:23 in the morning, and Bob decides he wants to cast a head covering for his new robot. He'd like to do a casting of his girlfriend's face, but seeing as how she doesn't exist, she's not going to be of much use to him.

Get the picture?
I L-O-L'ed out loud.
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Old February 2 2012, 10:22 PM   #14
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Re: How self-centered is this?

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Makes about as much sense as making them look like Philip K. Dick.
Wait a sec, why hasn't anyone made one to look like Brent Spiner/Data? Surely that would make a few headlines.
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Old February 2 2012, 10:40 PM   #15
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Makes about as much sense as making them look like Philip K. Dick.
Wait a sec, why hasn't anyone made one to look like Brent Spiner/Data? Surely that would make a few headlines.
Might cause patent/copyright problems as well.

Maybe the guy did one in his own image just to see how much people were fooled by it. He could put it in his office, hide behind a screen and wait to see if someone came into the room and mistook the robot for himself.
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