Watch this freaky neural-net robot named Alter react to its environment

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Aug 9, 2016

Check out this eerie new piece of technology called Alter, a neural-net robot who turns, gesticulates and sways according to interpretive electronics reacting to stimuli in the surrounding area.  Essentially it's able to operate and engage its environment in the absence of any human control.  Alter was created by two robotics laboratories in Tokyo and Osaka and is currently on display at Tokyo’s National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation.

This demonstration was captured at the Odaiba’s Miraikan museum on July 29, showcasing the odd but amazing android made by the tech teams of Takashi Ikegami (University of Tokyo) and Hiroshi Ishiguro (Osaka University).  It's available for viewing by the public until Aug. 6, 2016.  

Have a look and tell us if you're alarmed or afraid, very afraid!

Made with 42 pneumatic actuators and a neuron-replicating “central pattern generator,” its weird jerky movements are based on an intricate network of sensors able to detect changes in noise, temperature, wind, humidity and proximity. These delicate electronics provide Alter with human-like senses and translate them into articulated motion and creepy sine-wave vocalizations tuned to the robot's long digits.  Bizarro or beautiful?  

(Via Gizmodo)

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