The Japan Science Museum last week unveiled its latest installation, a human-like robot called “Alter.” The robot’s movements are entirely governed by a neural network—a learning computer system modelled after the structure of neurones in the human brain—and devoid of human involvement, according to Engadget.
Alter has a series of sensors that detect proximity, humidity, noise, and temperature of the room it’s in. Changes in the room’s temperature, or how many people are near the bot, will influence its movements. Alter also “sings” the wave patterns that its fingers make as they move.
The robot was built by robotics researchers at labs in Tokyo and Osaka, according to Gizmodo, and it’ll be on display at the museum through August 6. After that, it’ll be back to the lab to figure out what to teach it to do next.
Kouhei Ogawa, one of the researchers behind Alter, told Engadget: “This time, Alter doesn’t look like a human. It doesn’t really move like a human. However, it certainly has a presence.”
It’s true. In the video, Alter gives the impression of having something alive in there that’s neither human nor robot.