March 19, 2006
Japanese Robot Innovation - Blocks Attempted Slaps!
Metatron found this. I realize this is old (June, 2005), but I just couldn’t resist posting it. Here at the 2005 World Expo in Japan, an android was revealed to the delight of all. “Shown with co-creator Hiroshi Ishiguru of Osaka University, the android is partially covered in skinlike silicone. Q1 is powered by a nearby air compressor, and has 31 points of articulation in its upper body.”
Most interesting about this android, is that one of its first programmed functions is to STOP PEOPLE FROM SLAPPING IT!!!
You gotta be kidding me! Who decides that this is the ‘critical function’ needed prior to release? I just GOTTA see the R&D focus groups that led to this capability. I can just imagine the write-up of the study participant research report. I’m guessing it looked something like this:
“Surveys show that the primary action most study participants attempted in interacting with ‘Q1′ - codenamed, ‘Jenny Cyberchick,’ was to continually slap her while shouting, ‘On your knees, Bitch!’ This action had the unintended side effect of tipping over the android, which self-destructed in an electrical ball of fire, often causing undue harm to the study participants. Even worse, in the few instances when Jenny Cyberchick survived the fall, study participants commented that ‘She just didn’t struggle enough to stimulate me.’
To ensure a viable marketplace, the results of the participant study report indicates that prior to final delivery, we must give Jenny Cyberchick the capability to fight back! Or, um…we could teach her to kneel.”
But their functionality is not totally devoted to stopping people from slapping her. Apparently other study participants were interested in throwing objects at her as well - these too she can block.