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Can you spot the android?

One of the two women in the picture below is human. The other is an android (a robot designed to look like a human) who, according to the article below, can "carry on a conversation" although I'm guessing it's probably not that enlightening of a conversation yet :)

Poll #897354 spottheandroid

Which one of these women is an android?

the one on the left is an android
the one on the right is an android

This is from the following article... click on it to see the answer, but not until you guess... no peeking!

Real Robots: Researchers Move Ever Closer to Making Mechanical Versions of Us

"The computational and software capabilities (of robots) are going to be beyond human capability by 2025," Hanson predicts. Robots now may be idiot savants, but "20 years from now, they're going to be a very effective member of the human family."

Bear in mind, David Hanson may just be saying this to sell more androids. Nobody really knows whether we'll have smarter than human robots by then. I still think my estimate of about 35 years is more realistic, even though I do not design robots for a living like him.


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Dec. 30th, 2006 12:29 am (UTC)
The realdoll guys asked a friend of mine to write a feasability paper for doing this with realdolls back in 1998.
Dec. 30th, 2006 12:45 am (UTC)
Yay, I got it right. I'll definitely figure out which is the robot assassin sent to kill me.
Dec. 30th, 2006 02:09 am (UTC)
You have passed ninja training excersize #312 Evasion of Robot Assassin. Well done, young ninja.
Dec. 30th, 2006 12:47 am (UTC)
Wow, that's amazing - I love reading about all these new developments with robots...it seems as if the future that I've been thinking about might be here sooner than I think.
Dec. 30th, 2006 12:47 am (UTC)
thought, rather.
Dec. 30th, 2006 06:08 pm (UTC)
I always forget how this works, does left mean my left or left from the perspective of the people in the picture....and why does this ALWAYS confuse me so much.
Dec. 30th, 2006 06:56 pm (UTC)
Well, in this picture they're facing each other, so I'm not sure what left or right would mean from "their perspective".

In general, I always use left or right to mean from the perspective of the person looking at the picture, unless it's something like "their left hand" in which case it's opposite. I'm not sure if everyone does it this way though. Maybe that would make another good poll question?
Dec. 30th, 2006 09:21 pm (UTC)
It made perfect sense to me, and I got fooled. Doh.
Dec. 31st, 2006 02:37 am (UTC)
My mother has the same issue - she was just telling me about a time when she was in kindergarten and doing some exercise where they were supposed to answer questions about left and right and the teacher couldn't understand what she was confused about.
Dec. 31st, 2006 02:39 am (UTC)
I haven't even seen a decent text-based conversation-carryer-onner, so I would expect that this is mostly hype so far. I know that they can come up with very convincing mannequins, though I suppose if they could move their mouths in realistic ways that would be pretty amazing. It would be interesting if they could also generate sound using their mouth, rather than a speaker. But I imagine that at this point it's just hype to sell androids. I do look forward to better ones in future though!
Dec. 31st, 2006 11:12 am (UTC)
For a halfway decent text-based conversation, see this one:


But yes, I expect the conversation comment is mostly hype. I think the text-based conversation I'm linking to above was partially luck, and it was the best out of lots and lots of attempts, and had a huge database of human conversations to draw from.
Dec. 31st, 2006 09:17 am (UTC)
I think its interesting that the reason the android does look slightly more robotish is because the real human has freckles or other "imperfections" ...

although I have to doubt the andoird guy's claim that his androids can carry on a conversation...
Dec. 31st, 2006 11:22 am (UTC)
yeah... it looks like, out of the 30 people who have taken it so far, 70% have chosen the correct one. That's significantly higher than the 50% that would be expected from random guessing.

I think the freckles seem like the biggest giveaway... although it might be easy for them to replicate them if they wanted, I don't know. I was somewhat tricked when I first saw it because I thought: the one on the right is prettier... if they were making a robot, they would probably make it look more as "perfect" as possible... but that reasoning didn't hold up. Unfortunately, I looked at the answer the first time since it was right under the image, without really thinking to myself which one I would pick first. They both looked like they could have been real or not, but I don't know which one I would have picked if I had taken the poll.
Jan. 1st, 2007 04:17 am (UTC)
I mean, its still pretty good, I wouldn't have bet any money that my pick was correct. I think the freckles probably were the biggest giveaway, as you say, but that does seem like something superficial that you could add to the robot pretty easily. you are also right the (real) girl was prettier, but usually there is something of a scary factor for robots that strive to look just like humans, and there wasn't much of that in the picture they showed. that is kind of too bad that you saw the answers first, though.
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