Life Too Busy? Get an Android Clone!

Japanese roboticist Hiroshi Ishiguro has made a clone android of himself called Gemini HI-1:

Hiroshi Ishiguro is a busy man. Between his two jobs, countless meetings and presentations, his demanding schedule was eating up all his time. So he built an android version of himself to pick up the slack.

Ishiguro, a senior researcher at ATR Intelligent Robotics and Communication Laboratories outside Kyoto, has created a machine in his own image -- a robot that looks and moves exactly like him. It sits on a chair and gazes around the room in a very humanlike fashion, just like its creator. In fact, the robot is an exact duplicate.

Ishiguro's silicone-and-steel doppelgänger was made from casts taken from his own body. Powered by pressurized air and small actuators, it runs on semiautonomous motion programs.

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"It sits on a chair and gazes around the room in a very humanlike fashion, just like its creator"?

Pretty exciting stuff.

I think he invented it so he could drive in the car pool lane.
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If I'm a middle-aged dumpy scientist that is going to make a robot that looks and moves exactly like a person, I'm going to make it look and move like Kobe Tai, not myself...

Um.. just sayin...
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