Saturday, November 15, 2008

Is that a boy robot or a girl robot?

I found this article on robot sex to be rather interesting. The article is safe for work and is not talking about cybernetic porn, but rather about building robots that have male or female characteristics. That is, if you buy a robot, is it a boy or a girl? Robots are getting advanced enough now that it's possible to build one that appears, in behavior or appearance, to be male or female.

I'm including a video clip below from YouTube of a robot named Nexi that is designed to mimic human expressions. You can judge for yourself, is Nexi a boy or a girl?


Heather Meadows said...

I don't know if Nexi is a good example, because without the voice, I think it could go either way. With the voice it's female.

That article was interesting, though...R2-D2 is a guy, that's for sure. Got me thinking about EV-9D9, the torture droid from Jedi. From the novel, I know that it's a female droid. I wonder if I would have assumed it was female if I hadn't read the book.

Chuck said...

Heather - I thought Nexi actually could have been a girl's voice or young boy's voice. I thought they did a good job of making him/her gender-neutral.