The Lecturing Android

The research question of the geminoid project is this: How can we sustain communication if one part is an android?

One of the ways we investigate this is to place the geminoid in situations where I would normally be. In this case, we planned an introductory lecture for a class of freshmen students. The lecture was an overview of the research paradigm of humanists informatics. Everything was normal except that I sat in my office tele-operating the android during the lecture.

To our pronounced surprise, several of the attending students didn’t realize that the lecturer was an android before the break.