News, but not the serious kind
Why are you so happy? I mean disgusted?
Blog Guy, what’s t he stupidest thing you’ve seen all year?
Saya, the humanoid robot teacher who supposedly makes facial expressions.
What’s so stupid about her?
They’re the worst expressions I’ve ever seen. I mean, who are we kidding?
These photos show Saya showing happiness, surprise, anger, disgust and fear, plus a shot of actress Martha Plimpton so I have an even number of headshots. Can you tell which expression is which?
The second one down on the left is Plimpton, I think.
That one isn’t part of the test.
Um, top right is happiness, I know that. Bottom right is anger, for sure.
Wrong and wrong. My point is, this will teach a whole generation of kids totally incorrect facial cues. When they enter a room, they won’t know a surprise party from an execution. I guess that’s good news for grifters and incompetent mimes, but for everyone else… You understand?
Sure. You’re saying Martha Plimpton is a robot?
Above: humanoid robot named Saya is touched by school pupils during a demonstration at an elementary school in Tokyo, May 7, 2009. The robot can speak different languages and make facial expressions with motors inside her face. REUTERS/Issei Kato