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These Robots Are Getting So Realistic That It's Hard To Tell Them Apart From Humans

NOVEMBER 6, 2015  —  By Tim Unkenholz  
Tim Unkenholz

Tim Unkenholz

Writer and stand up comedian in NY. Check out my monthly comedy show Roomie Raiders at the Creek and The Cave! @timunken

If you're wondering why we're not walking with robots every day at this point, here's a thought. Maybe they are walking among us, and we just can't tell the difference between us and them.

I'm not suggesting A Blade Runner-style dystopia...not yet, anyway. But it does seem like robot manufacturers around the world are focusing on making robots that look more like humans and less like microwaves every day. Here are some of the creepiest, most lifelike robots on the planet.

Geminoid F: A study was done in which this robot sat next to an identical human counterpart and participants were asked to guess which was which. Many had a hard time doing this.

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Actroid F and Kurokawa: When the original robot's brother was created, robotic engineers made it so the two could carry a conversation with each other and react with 12 different facial expressions.

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Philip K. Dick: Modeled after the famous sci-fi writer, this robot may speak awkwardly at first, but as you can see in this video, it has no problem discussing the philosophy of being.

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Jules: Created by Hanson Robotics, this Jean-Luc Picard-looking mo-fo can carry out complex conversations with humans and other AI machines. You might say he's "a head" of his peers.

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Erica: She blinks, she walks, and she even turns her head while speaking. This is one of robo-expert Hiroshi Ishiguro's most advanced androids.

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Aiko Chihira: This android not only speaks, but she also works an entry-level job. She's a secretary at a high-end department store in Tokyo.

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Luckily, androids only seem to resemble slim Japanese women and bearded science fiction visionaries at this point. But soon, this kind of technology could be used to replicate you...or even replace you.