Hiroshi Ishiguro

Robotopia calling

For many years there was a convention in Hollywood that every film villain was either a European with a thick accent or a robot. Alas, these days it's all sexy vampires fighting sexy werewolves and unsexy zombies.

Friday, 6 April, 2012, 12:00am

He's no dummy

In the movie Terminator II, actor Edward Furlong pokes the face of Arnold Schwarzenegger's cyborg to check for the machine beneath a fleshy exterior. Most people do the same to Geminoid HI-1, dubbed the world's most advanced android. The imposition brings a swift rebuke: 'Please don't touch me,' Geminoid says. 'It feels strange.'

14 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Feminine charms hide body of steel

The Japanese creator of the world's most life-like automaton is redefining the interaction between humans and machines

28 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Feminine charms hide body of steel

If she were sitting in a bar in downtown Tokyo, a glass on the counter in front of her, casting the occasional slow glance around the room, she would inevitably attract male attention. A single woman out for a drink would, after all, be fair game for Japan's Romeos.

27 Feb 2006 - 12:00am