November 29th, 2008 10:40 EST
Get Ready For Robot Thespians
"A PLAY with a difference has opened in Japan - it`s cast is half robot, half human.
The theatrical production stars a pair of Mitsubishi`s `Wakamura` robots alongside two human actors.
The robots cannot use facial movements to express emotions so instead tilt their heads and make sounds.
The first night of the play received rave reviews." http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/article1983887.ece
Wakamura`s robot actors look like machines, little attempt was made to make them resemble humans. When robot thespians bear a resemblance to Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt they may take over Hollywood, but for now they are just a curiosity.
Robots already possess more acting ability than the likes of Britney Spears. In 2002 I took my niece to see Britney in the film "Crossroads"; my young charge had a good time but watching Britney "act" traumatized me for life. Mechanical actors may be incapable of making facial expressions, but a bowling ball can emote better than Britney.
Robots are a director`s dream, they follow orders and are immune to criticism. Bad reviews won`t faze them, and anyway a steel machine can`t be accused of a "wooden performance."
The robots have a vocabulary of 10,000 words, with such a good command of the Japanese language they may soon also be employed as screenwriters. It seems that most Hollywood films have much less than 10,000 words, and every other word is a profanity.
I may soon be replaced by a robot, in fact how do you know I`m not a bot?