He clasped the beautiful Olympia, and with her flew through the dance…

He thought that his dancing was usually correct as to time, but the peculiarly steady rhythm with which Olympia moved, and which often put him completely out, soon showed him that his time was most defective.
E.T.A. Hoffmann The Sandman, 1817

Manuel and Sam are talking about Boston Dynamics video

In this post the dialogue is realised by an interaction of virtual characters, for more information please check the page “Virtual characters

Sam

I’ve read the post and I get why you came to me                                 

Today 11:35  

Manuel

Good! 😄

Today 11:36  

Sam

This is exactly the issue I would like to address, because it would make so many tasks easier                                              

Today 11:37

Manuel

Tasks, like …? 🤔

Today 11:38   

Sam

Let me start at the beginning! 😊

Humans have toyed with the idea of artificial humans as helpers since forever  

Today 11:39  

Manuel

OK  👌🏻

Today 11:39  

Sam

Finally we are really getting there, it’s not a myth or science fiction anymore                                         

Today 11:40  

Manuel

Fair enough, I’ve seen some pretty radical things coming from Japan lately

Today 11:43   

Sam

Indeed, and we can now build machines that can move almost like an animal or a human 🦾 🐕

Today 11:45   

Manuel

Oh, like the robots from Boston Dynamics! I saw them dancing, that was so cool! 😁

Weird, but cool!

Today 11:45   

Sam

“Weird” is the feeling a lot of people have, but robots can also be cute, like Wall-E or Pepper 😁                                  

Today 11:46

Manuel

That’s right, even when they are not humanoid at all, we can still relate to them

Today 11:46  

Sam

But when they look like a human, we dip into uncanny valley really fast                 

Today 11:46  

Manuel

So what is your take on this? 🤔

Today 11:47   

Sam

We need a robot that can move like human, fluidly, harmoniously …

Today 11:48   

Manuel

and we’re getting there, right?

Today 11:48  

Sam

Right, but also speak like a human, fluidly, harmoniously …              

Today 11:49   

Manuel

… harmoniously …?

Today 11:50   

Sam

I mean, in a way that fits naturally in a dialog                                      

Today 11:50   

Manuel

that seems pretty hard … wouldn’t that presuppose AGI?

Today 11:51   

Sam

Maybe we don’t need that if it can fool a lot of people a lot of the time …

Today 11:51   

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on Saturday 17th April…

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