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Japan: Alter the android uses its own 'free will' to interact with people01:37

Japan: Alter the android uses its own 'free will' to interact with people

Japan, Tokyo
August 5, 2016 at 07:26 GMT -00:00 · Published

A new human android which interacts with people and moves using its own 'free will' was put on show for one week at Japan's National Science Museum in Tokyo, Friday.

The android, named Alter, has a human face and an embedded neural network that allows it to move itself. The technology powering this involves 42 pneumatic actuators and a Central Pattern Generator (CPG).

The CPG has a neutral network that replicates neurons, allowing the robot to create movement patterns of its own, influenced by sensors that detect proximity, temperature and humidity. The setup doesn't make for human-like movement, but it gives the viewer the very strange sensation that this particular robot is somehow alive.

Japan: Alter the android uses its own 'free will' to interact with people01:37
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A new human android which interacts with people and moves using its own 'free will' was put on show for one week at Japan's National Science Museum in Tokyo, Friday.

The android, named Alter, has a human face and an embedded neural network that allows it to move itself. The technology powering this involves 42 pneumatic actuators and a Central Pattern Generator (CPG).

The CPG has a neutral network that replicates neurons, allowing the robot to create movement patterns of its own, influenced by sensors that detect proximity, temperature and humidity. The setup doesn't make for human-like movement, but it gives the viewer the very strange sensation that this particular robot is somehow alive.

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