This Bizarre Real-Life 'Westworld' Robot is Much Less Dangerous Than It Sounds

Saturday, 21 April 2018 - 12:10PM
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Saturday, 21 April 2018 - 12:10PM
This Bizarre Real-Life 'Westworld' Robot is Much Less Dangerous Than It Sounds
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So far as we know, the robotic hosts from Westworld don't exist in real life yet. Part of that is because nearly every humanoid robot still looks just like it came from the Uncanny Valley. 

As either a parody or a celebration of how bizarre modern robots look, Simone Giertz - popular YouTube engineer and frequent inventor of absurdly silly robots - created a host of her own in an HBO-sponsored video to promote Westworld's  upcoming second season.

Specifically, she put together the robot as a way of "auditioning" for the show - well, she actually did it because it'd be hilarious and it's also sponsored, but we're sticking to the narrative here. The robot can only talk and roll and it seems to be capable of eating popcorn, but it's not going to pass the Turing Test anytime soon.

See SimTwo (the original SimOne being Simone) in action below:



It's more of an animatronic than the sentient and lifelike machines from Westworld, and it substitutes mannequin materials for biological parts, but it manages to be almost a little dramatic when it's roving over grassy fields in a wig and dress.

We only know a handful of details about Westworld season two, but what we do know is that the show will be moving toward a full-scale war between hosts and human guests, and that other host-filled theme parks based on other historical eras will be appearing. Robot samurais have already been confirmed




We're holding out hope, but while there's not much chance that SimTwo will find herself fighting humans in the new season, the robot does have one advantage.

All of these so-called hosts in Westworld are still portrayed by human actors, but this one here? This one is a real, bonafide robot. Sort of.

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