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‘State-Of-The-Art’ Robot Discovered To Be… Just A Man In A Costume
By Mikelle Leow, 13 Dec 2018
Video screenshot via Russia-24
Worry not, it seems that it’s still early days before AI starts replacing humans—a “robot” esteemed by Russian state television to be “state-of-the-art” and “cutting-edge” has turned out to be a sham.
Sharing footage of the annual Proyektoria technology forum for “future intellectual leaders of Russia,” the Russia-24 channel waxed lyrical about ‘Boris’, a supposed breakthrough invention with convincing dancing skills.
“I know mathematics well, but I also want to learn to draw,” ‘Boris’ boasted in a rigid, robotic voice.
Many were suspicious at the robot’s hyper-realistic movements, as it seemed to dance more seamlessly than industry-first androids like Boston Dynamics’ ‘Atlas’.
Moreover, viewers had a glimpse of what appeared to be a man’s neck in the segment:
It was later discovered that ‘Boris’ was simply an actor dressed in an ‘Alyosha the Robot’ suit designed by costume maker Show Robots.
The outfit, which is priced at around US$3,800, is accompanied with a tablet display and microphone, and produces a “near total illusion” that what people are seeing is “a real robot.”
A recent photo posted by Russian news firm MBKh Media purportedly shows the actor underneath the getup. The agency also said that the forum did not intentionally pass off the android as legitimate.
The video of the robot is still live on Russia-24’s YouTube channel, and you can watch it below. Now that it’s clear that the entire scene is staged, it just makes everything funnier.
[via Newshub., video via Russia-24, images via various sources]
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