Japanese University Builds Baby Terminator

Japanese University Builds Baby Terminator

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Research into the way we move continues to be terrifying to the layperson.

Remember that scene at the end of Terminator, where the ruined torso of the T-800 drags itself along the metal press, trying to reach Sarah Connor? Well, I challenge you to look at the Pneuborn-7II, which is designed to crawl under its own power, and not think of that scene.

The Pneuborn-7II, and its slightly larger counterpart, the Pneuborn-13, are the work of the Osaka Univeristy's Hosada Lab, and are designed to help study musculoskeletal development. The Pneuborn-7II is based on measurements taken from a real seven-month-old baby, while the Pneuborn-13 is - predictably enough - based on a 13-month-old child, and is designed to be able to walk upright. Both are fully autonomous, although their actual level of intelligence is quite limited. Rather than use motors, they have pneumatic actuators - hence their names - which allows them to keep going for a long time without overheating.

The robots look like baby terminators, although thankfully without the red-eyed skull faces. There are currently no videos of the robots in motion available, which may actually be a blessing in disguise, and it's hard to decide if they'd be more, or less, creepy if they had skin. We can only hope that the researchers behind the Pneuborn project never join forces with their colleagues working on the Affetto project, because the two combined is the stuff of nightmares.

Source: Plastic Pals via io9

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I have got to move to Japan.

Pneuborn, heh. I see what they did there.

Am I the only one who sees the gaping maw in the "head" from which the unearthly howl of the damned must surely issue?

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!

And on another note...very very interesting. Maybe 12/21/12 isn't that far-fetched...

Damn it Japan! Stop making those small robots and focus on the giant mechs instead!

OT: Very creepy...

manythings:
Am I the only one who sees the gaping maw in the "head" from which the unearthly howl of the damned must surely issue?

You obviously didn't click on that Afetto link. That's a where the damned come from. Whoa, that damn baby's head moving around like that is more than creepy.

On Topic: Yes, cool and all. Come back to me when the Japanese have invented Mega Man or Astro Boy, and I'll be interested. Or a true AI that can look and act just like a real human.

"slightly larger counterpart...". That's how it starts. Soon there will be robot babies the size of cities crawling around Earth and destroying everything!
We're doomed, i say. DOOOMED!
But in all seriousness, that does look rather creepy. Thanks ,Japan!

Were the eyes necessary? It makes it so creepy.

Also punny name.

ok so i have a mac and my screen saver is the rss feed from the escapist and all i see is "Japanese University Builds Baby Terminator"
and to me that ment that japanese built something to kill babies!

believer258:

manythings:
Am I the only one who sees the gaping maw in the "head" from which the unearthly howl of the damned must surely issue?

You obviously didn't click on that Afetto link. That's a where the damned come from. Whoa, that damn baby's head moving around like that is more than creepy.

On Topic: Yes, cool and all. Come back to me when the Japanese have invented Mega Man or Astro Boy, and I'll be interested. Or a true AI that can look and act just like a real human.

Really? I think we'll all live longer, less torturously, worked-to-death in the slave pit, lives if we never create a true thinking artificial construct.

Well that's better than the first thing that popped into mind when I saw the words "baby terminator" in the headline. Population control at it's creepiest...

I don't know, I think the metallic-skull-with-glowing-red-eyes look would be an IMPROVEMENT.

Are those things on the front supposed to be eyes? Euuuuuughhhh.

It begins...

It's only a matter of time before Skynet takes over...

But in all seriousness, that is quite creepy...

Next step...adult?

Dear God!

Seth Green was onto something!

Oh science...
You just don't want us to sleep, do you?

i wont be happy until i get a bionic suit like grey fox... :(

Japan, wire you doing this?

For a country that is in an unfortunate position, they still find ways to impress me... by building murderous children. Bravo Japan!

Evilsanta:
Damn it Japan! Stop making those small robots and focus on the giant mechs instead!

+1
I want my transformer god dammit.

Quick! Lower it into the steel!!!! *puts paranoid persona back in his box* Sorry, looks very interesting, though...

Evilsanta:
Damn it Japan! Stop making those small robots and focus on the giant mechs instead!

It's a facade. They'll make hundreds of tiny robots, then one day they'll combine into one uber-mecha!

HankMan:
Japan, wire you doing this?

I actually think it's funny. So funny that it hertz.

Pneuborn, really? They went there for the name? I don't know if I should laugh or sigh, probably both.

This really is incredibly disturbing. I think the picture of the guy holding hands with it bothers me even more.

Evilsanta:
Damn it Japan! Stop making those small robots and focus on the giant mechs instead!

http://www.cracked.com/article_19169_the-7-most-impressively-lazy-employees-all-time.html
scroll down to #5
lol

this wouldn't happen to be by that one Japanese company crazy enough to go under the name Cyberdyne would it?

if not...well...them too

oh no wait that one doesn't make automated robots, just powered exoskeletons-aaauurrrhgghhh!

Oh God, the eyes...

THE EYES!

I was expecting a device with the sole purpose of termenating babies.

I am sorely dissapointed.

Well Child's Play comes to life. No way I am buying into this being a good thing.

This article interests me not because of the robot, but how easily people allow themselves to be creeped out.

 

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