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first_imgWe appear to be heading out of the trough of the uncanny valley. That goateed, shaggy haired professorial type in the image above isn’t actually a professor. He’s not even human. Meet the latest in the series of Geminoid ultra-realistic androids, designed by Kokoro and Hiroshi Ishiguro. Called the Gemini DK, this is the first Gemini not to have been modeled on an Asian: instead, it was constructed to look exactly like associate professor Henry Scharfe of Aalborg University in Denmark.The Gemini DK (DK presumably stands for Denmark) was built in Tokyo, Japan by Kokoro, and it’s now being tested and programmed at Japan’s Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute. What’s the point of an android that looks just like its designer, though?AdChoices广告In actuality, it’s to study concepts like the uncanny valley, which describes the drop-off in the human brain’s ability to accept a humanoid replica of another person as “real” as it becomes increasingly perfect. The Geminoid series of androids are used for researching “emotional affordances” in human-robot interaction, as well as the cultural differences in the way different countries respond to robots (people in Japan, for example, are far more at ease around robots than people from Venezuela might be).As with the other Geminoid robots, the movements and expressions of the Geminoid DK are controlled by remote by an operator with a computer using a motion-capture system that tracks his own facial expressions and head movements. In the future, that feature set may well increase to allow full mobility.As for the Geminoid DK, Professor Scharfe is being tight lipped about what he will do with the robot, but his wife is not: she’s already suggesting they send the robot in his place to conferences.Read more at IEEElast_img read more