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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Good Afternoon, Uncanny Valley!

Posted by Wm.™ Steven Humphrey on Wed, Nov 9, 2011 at 1:14 PM

Meet two new robots the Japanese have invented, both designed to scare the poop into your pants.

First there's "Mask-Bot," which according to The Week, uses "facial emotion data" to emulate an actual human face. This is super creepy, and not to be mean, but I'm pretty sure I saw this thing protesting at Occupy Portland last week.

Then there's "Asimo" which was inexplicably built by Honda—because one day we're going to give up our cars for freaky running robots??

Imagine that first robot's face placed on the second robot. Now imagine 100 OF THEM CHASING YOU DOWN THE STREET. Pleasant dreams, everyone.


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