Morgui, the Scary Robot

Posted 17 Jul 2003 at 14:23 UTC by steve Share This

Kevin Warwick (aka Professor Cyborg) of the University of Reading has been working on a new robot head that integrates the five senses humans have with three they don't; infrared, ultrasonic, and radar. The robot, known as Morgui or just 'Mo', looks a bit like one of the robots from the Terminator movies. The goal was research into human-robot interaction. Trouble is, the university ethics committee thinks the robot looks too scary and they have banned anyone under 18 from entering the research lab. The complete story and a photo of the head appear in the Guardian.

Yup that would scare me too, posted 17 Jul 2003 at 19:31 UTC by earlwb » (Master)

I don't know if I would want something like that watching my every move. I have to agree it is a bit on the scary side. I think they need to make it somewhat less intimidating.

Professors are scary, posted 18 Jul 2003 at 00:39 UTC by The Swirling Brain » (Master)

No offense to anyone, but all the professors I've ever met and their shinanagans have all been scary to me, so this article doesn't surprise me at all. Perhaps my paranoia of professors explains my poor grades?

Headline grabber, posted 18 Jul 2003 at 06:24 UTC by motters » (Master)

The robot looks like Terminator, and the "over 18" bit is obviously just a stunt to attract media attention.

I bet the science content of the project is fairly minimal. If you really want people to interact with a robot then it should appear more hospitable.

If they really wanted to pull off an eye-catching stunt what about making a robot head which looked like Kevin Warwick?

Scary!!!!, posted 18 Jul 2003 at 14:18 UTC by blueeyedpop » (Master)

That thing is what robotic nightmares are made of. They shoud have just made the eyes glow red. I mean it looks !@#$^%& scary!

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