Robot Actress Geminoid F Debuts in Japan

November 13th, 2010 - 3:52 am ICT by Angela Kaye Mason  

Nov 12 (THAINDIAN NEWS) The acting debut of a life like robot in Japan has received terrific reviews from the audience, but not so much from it’s co-star. The Geminoid F is a copy of a woman around the age of twenty, with long brown hair, and brown eyes. It can smile or frown, and played the part in a stage show featuring the story of a woman who was suffering from an illness which would kill her.

The robot actress was said to have had a calm voice that was a bit mechanical. The show, ‘Sayonara’, or ‘Goodbye’ was directed by Oriza Hirata, a Japanese director, at the Tokyo Art Festival, and featured the robot actress alongside a human actress, American Bryerly Long. She didn’t seem really thrilled by the experience, and stated, “I kind of feel like I’m alone on stage. There’s a bit of distance … [and not] a human presence.”

The director stated, “It won’t be that a robot replaces human beings on a drama stage, it’s more as if a new type of actor has emerged in the theatrical world.”

The android actually plays the part of…an android. Ms Long’s character is suffering from the illness, and the robot recites poetry to the dying girl, after being hired by her parents to be her caregiver. The parents then abandon the girl, leaving her to the android’s care.

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