I'm Just Goiger Furious About This Bimbo. Who Does She Think ? K Bot. Heh.

This new bimbo is called K Bot. Too close for komfort for me. Please emphathise my misery.


New robot face smiles and sneers

  • 15:20 17 February 2003
  • NewScientist.com news service
  • Shaoni Bhattacharya, Denver

http://www.newscientist.com/data/images/ns/cms/dn3398/dn3398-1_185.jpg K-bot’s face is modelled on one of her creator’s friends

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A new robot that, according to its creators, can express a full repertoire of human facial expressions was unveiled on Sunday.
K-bot has a feminine face and is capable of 28 facial movements, including smiling, sneering, furrowing her brow and arching her eyebrows. She also has cameras in her eyes to recognise and respond to humans.
David Hanson, of the University of Texas, Dallas, sculpted K-Bot’s face using an electroactive polymer with 24 artificial muscles to provide facial movement. Her predecessor - Andy the android - had just four facial movements.
“This is the face for human robotics,” Hanson told the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s annual meeting in Denver. Previously, Hanson has designed robots for Disney theme parks.
Flexible skin

K-bot’s face is made of a polymer developed by Hanson. It is a combination of an elastomer and a foaming agent, he says, which gives the appearance and flexibility of skin without requiring the complexity of human tissue.
The entire robot, which consists of the face, muscles and motors, weighs two kilogrammes. It cost $400 to make but Hanson says the cost would be even cheaper if the robot was mass produced.
He suggests K-bot could be a useful tool for scientists researching artificial intelligence: “The goal is to test adaptive intelligence systems which can recognise people and then respond.”
Human problem

However, Cynthia Breazeal, at MIT’s media laboratory, warns that the interactivity displayed by robots in films like AI and even C3PO in Stars Wars is a long way off.
Breazeal, who has researched how socially responsive robots interact with humans, says: “Science fiction is very difficult for us,” because it gives people very high expectations.
“This isn’t just an engineering problem,” she says, it is a very human problem - we must also understand the social and psychological aspects of the interaction.

Are you going to sue them for using your screen name?

Nah. Just go to the local watering hole and drown my sorrows to anyone who’d listen. I just need any ex-kuse.

Article: February 2003.
kbot’s join date: June 2007.

Let’s see now …

Oh ok. I guess I’ll go sober tonight . … .

We can arrange to change your username.
Or, of course, you can change your avatar yourself! :wink:

Dude this is the first time a moderator every replied to any one of my thread . . . let’s see I may have made about a dozen so far in my career here. But thanks for the offer anyways. The bimbo is K Bot. My moniker here is kbot. I’m sure if that bimbo’s creators decide to sue, there’s gonna be enough distinction between my moniker and the Bimbo’s name to negate the venture.
Oh by the way - I have very little funds … except for my made up US $10K for this scambaiting shenigan I have on the side line going.

If you play your cards right, maybe she would “go out” with you.

She(?) actually looks like my mother-in-law…:o

[edit] …actually, when I come to think about it… She(?) is actually an improvement…:evilgrin: