Lately, all it takes is a chubster in a Gap onesie for my ovaries to throb. But the good citizens of Japan are apparently less inclined to make babies — so the University of Tsukauba built them Yotara, a robot baby, to encourage the birth rate. Yotara giggles, sneezes, sleeps and “wakes up” when a rattle is jiggled. (Watch a creepy video about all this here.) A heated water pump system gives Yotara a runny nose and touch sensors in his skin control his facial expressions. “We’d like people to experience the innocent, joyful expressions typical of small babies,” said Hioki Kunimura, the leader of the Yotara project.
Uh, how is this supposed to encourage more Japanese to have babies instead of just “adopting” robots they can shut off? Don’t you people remember Tamagotchis? [Sky News] Keep reading »
The Three Laws of Female Robotics:
1. A female robot must always have perfect makeup, even if her arm is falling off.
2. A female robot must have at least one spare head available to her at all times.
3. A female robot will only find a mate if she follows the First and Second Laws.
Broken Robot Girl #1 by Rob Sheridan and Tamar Levine via Chatarra.
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Robots have really come along way in the 00â€™s, from the bike riding Marata boy to the fan dancing Sony Robot. Just when you thought being entertained by a robot wouldnâ€™t be so bad, an inventor in Beijing has found a scary way to replace humans. Through his company, BUBBY Robot Technologies CO., LTD, Mr. Wang Wei has created a robot that gives breast massages. (Either that or Mr. Wang has made a convincing robot suit for himself.) He claims the feeler upper machine could be used by pubescent girls to promote development, by “women, who are under pressure [or] want to relax themselves,” or even by “women who want to have pretty breasts.” Wow! All that from a robot that moves like Karl Rove dancing to rap music. [Gizmodo] Keep reading »