The first robot model is scheduled to make "her" debut, and already, she's being critiqued for being too fat.
My guess is, she'll have an eating disorder within six months.
TSUKUBA, Japan – A new walking, talking robot from Japan has a female face that can smile and has trimmed down to 43 kilograms (95 pounds) to make a debut at a fashion show. But it still hasn't cleared safety standards required to share the catwalk with human models.
Notice how it's already reported that the model is a tiny 95 pounds. How many real women weigh less than 100 pounds? Not many. But take a look at this:
"Technologically, it hasn't reached that level," said Hirohisa Hirukawa, one of the robot's developers. "Even as a fashion model, people in the industry told us she was short and had a rather ordinary figure."
For now, the 158 centimeter (62.2 inch) tall black-haired robot code-named HRP-4C — whose predecessor had weighed 58 kilograms (128 pounds) — will mainly serve to draw and entertain crowds.
So, they've managed to make the robot lose 33 pounds, but, she still, at 5'2" and 95 pounds, only has an "average" figure.
To add to the literal objectification of women, the robot will appear in the fashion show, naked, so that the public may come up with fun things the robot can do.
Um. Naked woman. What kinds of fun things do you suppose they'll be?
HRP-4C was designed to look like an average Japanese woman, although its silver-and-black body recalls a space suit. It will appear in a Tokyo fashion show — without any clothes — in a special section just for the robot next week.
The robotic framework for the HRP-4C, without the face and other coverings, will go on sale for about 20 million yen ($200,000) each, and its programming technology will be made public so other people can come up with fun moves for the robot, the scientists said.The robot can apparently move enough of her body that human-robot sexual contact doesn't appear out of the question, and--just like a woman--she can show such emotions as "anger and surprise". ('Coz, you know, us women are usually either pissed off or surprised.)
The robot shown Monday has 30 motors in its body that allows it to walk and move its arms as well as eight motors on its face to create expressions like anger and surprise.
In a demonstration for reporters, the robot waddled out, blinking, a bit like an animation figure come to life, and said, "Hello, everyone," in a tiny feminine voice while its mouth moved.
Oh good. They didn't give it a scary masculine or deep voice. Instead, it has a tiny (childlike?) voice that should make bossing it around feel like the real thing--dominating tiny women and making them do whatever you want.
It turns out, however, that this robot may have a brain:
The demonstration didn't all go smoothly. The robot often looked surprised, opening its mouth and eyes in a stunned expression, when the demonstrator asked it to smile or look angry.
Perhaps the robot isn't so compliant, after all.
The big challenge in creating HRP-4C was making the parts small enough so it looks female, especially its thinner legs, said Shuuji Kajita, who leads the institute's humanoid research group.
Yeah. Let's not design a robot that can actually do things. Let's design a robot that has an impossible female aesthetic: 95 pounds, thin legs, tiny voice.
When they figure out how to get her pregnant, women will be obsolete.