Date: 15 June 2013 Time: 10:51 PM ET
The android Geminoid at tech conference
Roboticist Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University (left) demos his “Geminoid” android lookalike (right) at the Global Futures 2045 International Congress in New York.
CREDIT: Tanya Lewis

NEW YORK — An extremely humanlike robot made a public appearance today (June 15) here at the Global Futures 2045 International Congress, a futuristic conference focused on the technological singularity.

Japanese roboticist Hiroshi Ishiguro, director of the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory at Osaka University, Japan, described some of his efforts to develop lifelike androids. But there were two Hiroshi Ishiguros onstage: the living, breathing one and a robotic lookalike. The bot’s human resemblance was striking, even down to its tiny movements and blinking eyes.

Ishiguro has developed some impressive robots over the years. The one onstage was the “Geminoid,” an android resembling a real person that was “tele-operated” — controlled remotely — by a colleague offstage. Ishiguro joked that he could use the Geminoid to give lectures in his stead. People could easily accept the android as his own body, Ishiguro said. [5 Reasons to Fear Robots]

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