Japanese film-makers have cast the world’s first android actress in a leading role. The film, ‘Sayonara’ set in the aftermath of an apocalyptic nuclear power plant meltdown in Japan, meditates on what separates real human feeling from artificial intelligence.
Could Geminoid F be the movie star of the future? Could she replace “humans?” That is the goal. Geminoid F.can carry out a director’s every request on cue, “she” doesn’t forget her lines, and never complains about the grueling hours,, works weekends, doesn’t get sick, doesn’t need food, and the best part is, she requires no salary. She is also low maintenance, as far as “actresses” go. She only needs to be “plugged in” at night, in order to be kept “alive” to do her scenes.
Geminoid F is an android – a robot designed to look and act like a human being with rubber ‘skin’ and a woman’s face (although the one thing she cannot do is walk) – and the first of her kind to co-star in a film. Here creator, feels like this is a huge milestone for transhumanism., considering cinema is full of memorable android characters. But from the seductive “machine-human” Maria in Fritz Lang’s 1927 monolith Metropolis to Star Wars’ C-3PO, Blade Runner’s replicants, and the enigmatic Ava from this year’s Ex Machina, almost all have been played by flesh-and-blood actors in costumes. (The others, including Sonny from the Will Smith blockbuster I, Robot, are digital creations, brought to life with motion capture technology.)
The robot co-stars alongside a human in the film.
While Geminoid F is nothing but a metal skeleton, pneumatic actuators (far more responsive than motors), silicone and urethane. As synthetic humans go, she’s the real deal.
Geminoid F – or Leona in the film – is referred to by director Koji Fukada as an ‘actress,’ and the android is even listed as a member of the cast in the end credits.
While robots have featured prominently in many films, most are played by real actors or created using visual effects.
Geminoid F was produced by Hiroshi Ishiguro, a renowned robot designer at Osaka University in western Japan, whose androids come with a £776,000 price tag.
Geminoid F was cheaper – just £72,000, which Ishiguro hopes may take the technology closer to the mainstream.
She can smile, furrow her brows and move her mouth. It can also talk and sing – playing recordings, or ‘mouthing’ other people’s voices.
The robot is equipped with motorised actuators, powered by air pressure, which allow her to ‘copy’ human facial expressions. In the film, it is controlled remotely from a laptop.
When you first see Geminoid F on-screen, it takes a couple of seconds for the realisation to dawn that she’s not actually human.. She blinks as she talks, for instance, or adjusts her eye line to look directly at people while they talk to her – precisely because of the growing awareness that someone has specifically programmed them to put viewers at ease.
That someone is Geminoid F’s creator, Prof Hiroshi Ishiguro, who controls her every move remotely on a laptop.
Geminoid F is the latest in a line of androids Ishiguro has created at Osaka University’s Intelligent Robotics Laboratory. An earlier model, Geminoid HI-2, was made in his own image, to the uncanny extent that its hair came from his own scalp. (Ishiguro took the name “Geminoid” from geminus, the Latin for twin.) It’s the female version, though, that gets all the work.
At this year’s Tokyo International Film Festival, Geminoid F made an appearance on the red carpet for the world premiere of her first feature (in a wheelchair: she can’t walk independently). The film, a science-fiction drama called Sayonara, is written and directed by Koji Fukada and follows the relationship between two friends in the aftermath of a nuclear disaster.
Prof Ishiguro has designed several robots made to look like humans in the past – even building one in his own image. The professor has said that one day robots could fool us into believing they are human.
In the film, shown in the competition section of the Tokyo International Film Festival, the robot stays loyal to its owner – played by Bryerly Long – as the nation evacuates following a nuclear disaster.
After the first screening of Sayonara at Tokyo, Ishiguro is in high spirits. The film, he says, is proof that “androids can express as much humanity as human actors; this is an epoch-making event.” The ultimate aim of Ishiguro’s experiments is to isolate the elusive property of what’s known in Japan as sonzai-kan: the sense of being in the presence of another being. There needn’t be another human around for us to feel it – great cinema gives us intense feelings of sonzai-kan, so for Geminoid F, acting seemed like a worthwhile career, Ishiguro says.
Fukada said working with the android was easier than directing people, although he said laugh he had to watch to not break the robot as its repairs would come with a 10 million yen (£55,000) bill.
‘The android doesn’t complain, never gets hungry and doesn’t need to sleep at all,’ he said at the film festival office.”
Sayonara opens in Japan on November 21. Overseas screenings are undecided.
The Robot Revolution has arrived. Pushed by the Transhumanists. The next evolutionary step of mankind, becoming a machine. The fact that this R.O.B.O.T. is nothing more than a metal interior with silicone exterior, cannot walk on its own, and requires programming, means that the SINGULARITY has not evolved quite yet. It would need to be fully autonomous.
Here is a very good article in understanding the complete mindset and some disturbing facts about transhumanism agenda: Google Executive Beguiled by the Lie of Satan Says “We Shall not Surely Die and We will Become godlike”
The word ‘transhuman’ literally means ‘beyond human.’ Transhumanism echoes the evolutionary belief that humans are ‘gods’ and are responsible for making mankind evolve. These mad scientists who believe in tis are called “transhumanists,” and they believe that they can create a superhuman, one that is better than the one God has created! They dismiss the notion of God, and believe they will eventually control life and death.
This is more than THE movement of our time, it is THE GOAL and the main driving force of our government spending! This is beast technology.Everything we see in the science world, from surveillance devices, nanotechnology, to exoskeleton skins collapses under the transhumanism umbrella. The utopia, called the “singularity,” is when man fully merges with machine, and that machine is autonomous! It doesn’t stop with man either, scientists are trying to create robotic animals and insects, and genetically modify every living thing, including trees, plants, and food. This spells trouble for all humanity in many ways. No wonder JESUS said:
And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened. -Matthew 24:22 (KJV).
The film’s motive, is obviously to compel “mere mortal” humans to accept the next phase of evolution, from monkey to machine. Accepting a machine, made of metal and silicone, is their destined evolution.
It has always fascinated me how such intelligent people could squander their brain power on such foolishness, believing such lies. To reject the notion of our Heavenly Father, the one TRUE GOD, JESUS CHRIST, is to their peril. If they believe mankind evolved, independent of a creator, then why is it again THEY ARE CREATING machines? If mankind EVOLVES, then we should evolve automatically into a computerized machine, right? Just stop and think about this gimmick they pass off as science. Creating a machine is NOT “evolving.” The evolutionists reject our Heavenly Father, the creator of all things, yet they “must create” in order to evolve our species? You saw this “humanoid,” Is that even appealing to have a lifeless, emotionless, without feeling, machine? Programmed feelings are not real. That is not life. That is not evolving. If mankind EVOLVES, then it would require no intervention, we would automatically evolve. Of course, evolution is a lie. We have a creator, his name is JESUS CHRIST.
.. “Keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so-called:21 Which some professing have erred concerning the faith…” – 1 Timothy 6:20-21 (KJV).
Here is an equation for these scientists: PRIDE + rejection of God= FOOLISH WISDOM
5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.– 2 Peter 3:5-7(KJV).
Yes this film and its creators (transhumanists) want us to chomp on the reality of the world’s human equivalent -until their utopia comes true. Pushing the boundaries of reality, that robots can convey real feelings, and of course obtain “immortality.” This is the strong delusion they are under.
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And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay -Daniel 2:43 (KJV).
Satan, has already set the stage for deception – he tempts and draws in men by the power of knowledge, just as he did with Eve, and the lie of immortality “Ye shall not surely die:.and you will become like God..” -Genesis 3:4-5 (KJV).
And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever: – Genesis 3:22 (KJV).
And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: -Hebrews 9:27 (KJV).
And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not- 2 Peter 2:2-3 (KJV).
While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage – 2 Peter 2:19 (KJV).
“And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. ” -Revelation 13:16-17 (KJV).
9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: – 2 Thessalonians 2:9-11 (KJV).