Why are you so happy? I mean disgusted?

May 8, 2009

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?

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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


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Comedienne Joan Rivers is capable of displaying all the above emotions (except the Plimpton, which I’m not sure even is an emotion).

Posted by naz | Report as abusive

both fear and disgust could be mistaken for constipation. and anger and surprise could be the aftermath of that constipation.

Posted by minnow | Report as abusive

Mr Bob,

Didn’t Plimpton play football for a couple plays and thought that he/she was the King of the World? Or was that Top of the World?

Or was that a combo of White Heat and Scarface, with Plimpton dying atop something while shooting at people?

See, Mr Bob? I is smart! You can’t fool me!

Posted by tim | Report as abusive

Looks more like Michael Jackson…

Posted by Atari | Report as abusive

Maybe Jon Gosselin can have an affair with Saya…

Posted by Nancy Glowinski | Report as abusive

I don’t know…does she look a bit battered and bruised, or is it just me? She doesn’t look well at all. I mean I know they’re trying to create dimensions in her face, but she just looks like she had a really bad night out or something.

Posted by -Eva | Report as abusive

She’s obviously been trying to get in touch with her emotions without, it would seem, too much success….

Posted by Robert Basler | Report as abusive

It does look like Michael Jackson (who makes facial expressions with motors inside his face).

Posted by some guy named Tim | Report as abusive

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