My huge robot baby
If they’re not coming up with sex bots, then scientists are creating robot babies.
Remember those dolls you played with (or really wanted to play with) as a child? The ones that cried, and peed and messed in its nappy?

When my colleague forwarded a rather strange article to me, those dolls were the first thing that came to mind.

Recently on the, the headline Diego-san humanoid robot baby appeared and I can assure you that it is something quite odd. Not cute odd, or funny odd, but wow-that’s-really-creepy odd.

The researchers from the Machine Perception Laboratory decided that they need a 1.3 meter tall, 30 kilogram robot one year old. They designed and created Diego-san with the purpose of helping them study how toddlers develop their motor skills in the first year of their lives. I’m not entirely sure why Diego-san is so big, but I have NEVER seen a one year old that huge!

The grotesquely large rubber life-like head atop the metal, bionic body is beyond disturbing. I, personally, would be waiting for the words ‘I’ll be back’ to come out of its mouth at any moment. This however, is one of the things that researchers are looking into. They want to find out how babies and toddlers develop and use their nonverbal skills like hand gestures and facial expressions.

Among other features Robot Baby can use all of its fingers and toes, move all of its various 60 parts and even give you a cold metal hug.

This may be really weird, but I don’t see any problem with the creation of Diego-san for research purposes. I do however wonder how long it will be before parents are choosing to invest in robo babies instead of the real thing. Or am I just being paranoid?

Would you buy a robot baby?

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