Originally published April 26 2015
Japanese engineers develop creepy, life-like android clone of obese transvestite
by Jonathan Benson, staff writer
(NaturalNews) Humanity's headlong plunge into the abyss of mechanized living could spell the end of humanity itself, as scientists are now developing artificial humans to take the place of the real thing. A Japanese engineer has reportedly already developed a robot clone of a popular, obese, transvestite talk show host that forebodes a future in which humans are no longer needed to make the world go round.
Working with world-famous roboticist Hiroshi Ishiguro, Dentsu, Japan's top advertising agency, has successfully produced an imitation "Matsukoroid" entertainer that looks, acts and even talks like the real so-called "Matsuko Deluxe." The "unnervingly real" robot clone recently made its first on-screen debut, sharing the stage with its real-life counterpart in a bizarre face-to-face encounter.
According to the Daily Mail, the Matsukoroid doppelganger is nearly indistinguishable from the real Matsuko Deluxe, an overweight man who dresses like a woman and candidly speaks his mind on various topics. Matsuko Deluxe is a big hit in Japan, and now the there are two of him -- one human and one robotic.
"I see myself as other people see me for the first time, and it was a significant moment," stated Deluxe about his encounter with the mechanical lookalike.
Your favorite artists and musicians could one day become robot clones A Dentsu spokesman, speaking about the publicity stunt, lauded it for demonstrating to the world what his company believes is the future of art and entertainment. Transforming real people into robots, he says, is what the brave new world has to look forward to in the coming years and decades.
"Artists and entertainers themselves aren't yet seen as content that can be combined with technology, but the Dentsu group believes the need to develop android entertainers will grow," he's quoted as saying by the Daily Mail.
Using advanced silicon "skin" technology and state-of-the-art electronic actuators to produce real-life movements and facial expressions in the Matsuko Deluxe robot, Dentsu's engineering team was able to replicate a real human being from completely inanimate materials.
The robot's current iteration is capable of performing a number of seemingly natural movements on its own but must be voiced and controlled remotely by an actual human operator. The robot also comes with 600 stock "Deluxe" phrases that it can use to reply to speech and commands from real humans, doing so through facial recognition technology, but its creators hope it will "learn" how to function without an operator by the conclusion of the series.
"Because of advances in robotics, difficulty in telling man and machine apart could soon become reality," warned Ishiguro.
One in three jobs will be replaced by software or robots in the next decade, claims research firm With all of this comes the prospect of human-like worker robots that could one day be advanced enough to perform jobs that only humans are currently capable of doing. The technology research and analysis firm Gartner predicts that, by 2025, one in three jobs will be replaced by some kind of software program, robot lookalike, or "smart machine," moving the global economy one step closer towards becoming human-less.
"Physical relations will be possible in general with such androids," claims Takahashi Komiyama about Ishiguro's similar efforts to advance artificial intelligence robots capable of becoming impostor human companions.
"Androids for the sex industry are a definite [possibility]. Some have even fallen in love with Ishiguro's geminoids. So we can't rule those relationships out."
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