Bizarre robot mouth is as creepy as it gets

If we didn't know any better, we'd think this experimental robot mouth was destined for sex shops. But its mindless bleating isn't too sexy, unless you're one of the Japanese researchers who built it.

There's not much info available about this experiment, but we can gather from the video that it's a crude attempt to teach robots to talk. It's sure a long way from the erudite phrasing of C-3PO, but hey, it's a start.

They just need to get the poor guy to cheer up a bit, though. Maybe he's thinking of all the ways he'll torment us when he finally gets promoted to overlord. Look out. Anyway, he sure has a long way to go before he crosses that uncanny valley between creepy and realistic.

Via Robert Popper