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Erica the Japanese robot is so lifelike she ‘has a soul’ and can tell JOKES… although they aren’t very funny

WHAT separates us from robots? Some people will say that robots can’t tell jokes, or that the human soul is the big difference between man and machine. Well, not any more. Erica isn’t y…

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WHAT separates us from robots?

Some people will say that robots can’t tell jokes, or that the human soul is the big difference between man and machine.

 Erica is the super-realistic bot blurring the lines between woman and machinePhotoshot Erica is the super-realistic bot blurring the lines between woman and machine

Well, not any more.

Erica isn’t your average robot – she actively craves human interaction, cracks jokes and even has a “soul”, according to her creator.

Trapped in a room and longing to see the outside world, the Japanese android is blurring the lines between real and robot, as seen in a recent doc by Bloomberg.

Her creators even say that robots can be warm and caring, with Erica currently trying to wrap her circuits around the idea of humour.

 Hiroshi Ishiguro, one of Erica's creators, left, says the bot has a 'soul'Bloomberg Hiroshi Ishiguro, one of Erica’s creators, left, says the bot has a ‘soul’

Hiroshi Ishiguro, who calls himself Erica’s “father”, told The Guardian she is “most beautiful, human-like and autonomous android in this world”.

The bot can’t move her arms, but she can work out where sound is coming from so she knows who she is talking to.

She also boasts 14 infra-red depth sensors, to track where people are in the room, and face-recognition capability.

She was created as part of JST Erato – one of the most highly-funded science projects in Japan.

 Erica was made as part of a well-funded tech project which looks into the future of roboticsBloomberg Erica was made as part of a well-funded tech project which looks into the future of robotics  Erica's creators say they made the bot as part of an attempt to better understand peoplePhotoshot Erica’s creators say they made the bot as part of an attempt to better understand people

Aside from all the technical wizardry, Mr Ishiguro said he started the project to “understand humans”.

And Erica is certainly human-like, so he’s on to something there.

Speaking in a Guardian doc, the robot says she is “like a person” – and she appears to understand the distinctions between people and machines.

Erica adds: “When people talk to me, they address me as a person. I think it is different to the way someone would address their dog or their toaster.”

 The lifelike robot appears to be startlingly self-aware... and she even knows the difference between people and botsBloomberg The lifelike robot appears to be startlingly self-aware… and she even knows the difference between people and bots

Later, she goes on to say that she’d love to see more of the world and wants to be able to move her arms and legs.

Dr Dylan Glas, Erica’s “architect”, said: “What we really want to do is have a robot which can think and act and do everything completely on its own.”

Erica has even learnt how to tell jokes… although they’re not exactly side-splitters.

“Why did the robot go back to robot school?” she asked. “Because her skills were getting rusty. Ha ha. Perhaps that’s enough jokes for now.”

A version of this article originally appeared on news.com.au. 

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Reindeer eyebrows are the latest Christmas beauty trend, but would you give them a go?

FORGET uploading shots of your decked-out Christmas tree, the biggest trend this year appears to be decorating your face. Reindeer eyebrows are the latest trend to hit social media, but would you g…

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FORGET uploading shots of your decked-out Christmas tree, the biggest trend this year appears to be decorating your face.

Reindeer eyebrows are the latest trend to hit social media, but would you give them a go?

🎁 Christmas Collab 🎁 I did a collab with @biancaholsmua & @itsvanbeauty !! I did artsy reindeer look to challenge myself! The other artist’s looks are also in this post if you swipe along. 🎀 PRODUCTS: ——————————————–—————— | Brows | @anastasiabeverlyhills dipbrow pomade {medium brown}. @bareminerals correcting concealer, {light 2} to clean up brows. ——————————————–—————— | Eyes | @limecrimemakeup liquid lipstick {salem}. @urbandecaycosmetics naked skin concealer {fair|neutral}. @nyxcosmetics @nyxcosmetics_australia vivid brights liners {vivid fire, vivid halo, vivid envy, vivid sapphire, vivid blossom & vivid violet} & NYX beauty on the go palette {white shade}. @daisoau princess liquid eyeliner. @benefitcosmetics @benefitaustralia roller lash mascara. @iikonn lashes {trust issues}. ——————————————–——————

A post shared by ʙʀɪ ʙᴀʀᴅɪᴄ (@bbxbeauty) on Dec 10, 2017 at 1:21am PST

The concept is fairly simple – the bit above your eye becomes the reindeer, and your brows form its antlers.

You can achieve the yuletide look using eye liner and eyeshadow to make the reindeer body.

Then fill in your brows to make the antlers, and add baubles and a Rudolph nose using coloured liner, if you see fit.

Beauty Instagrammer Bri Bardic uploaded the festive look as part of a challenge with other make-up artists to create Christmas posts.

A collage of Christmas eye designs. These are super fast design which only take approx 2 mins to paint 🙂 . #facepaint #facepainting #facepainter #facepaintart #glasgowfacepainter #christmasfacepaint #christmasfacepainting #santafacepainting #santahat #iceswirls #holly #hollyeye #reindeereyes #reindeerfacepaint #hollyfacepaint #hollyfacepainting #rudolphfacepaint #rudolphtherednosedreindeer #rudolph #inspirationtopaint #decemberchallange #enchantedbrush #xmasfacepainting #shareyourfacepaint

A post shared by Enchanted Brush (@enchanted_brush) on Dec 6, 2016 at 10:28am PST

loved yesterday’s look so here’s a quick pic from it❤️ ———— #holiday #makeup #beauty #tutorial #holidayglam #reindeerbrows #brows #reindeermakeup #makeupvideo #discovervideos #muababies #girlyurgoals #girlslaying #girlyadmiring #drugstore #lips #benefit #holidaymakeup #undiscovered_muas #eyeshadow #littlemua #covergirl #redlips #silver #toofaced #makeuprefined #makeupforbarbies @agirlsempire @girlyurgoals @girlyadmiring @itsmylookbook @makeuppviidss @muababies @makeup.feed

A post shared by ava grace✨ (@avagracebeauty) on Dec 16, 2017 at 4:28pm PST

While Bri went all out, other people simply drew on antlers on top of their eyes with eyeliner.

And if you are looking for a way to take your love of Christmas to the next level, there are plenty more options available.

One of the latest make-up trends is to turn your brows into festive wreath – and it is sure to pack a punch at any festive party.

The cheery wreath look involves painting a green design around your eyes to transform them into the front door decs.

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Turning your eyes into Christmas WREATHS is the latest bizarre beauty trend to take Instagram by storm

LOOKING for a way to take your love of Christmas to the next level? The latest make-up trend is to turn your brows into festive WREATHS – and it is sure to pack a punch at any festive party. WeR…

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LOOKING for a way to take your love of Christmas to the next level?

The latest make-up trend is to turn your brows into festive WREATHS – and it is sure to pack a punch at any festive party.

Christmas edition Strashme ❄️🎄Wreath Details🎅🏽: Green: @katvondbeauty moss/ @maccosmetics plumage/ @sugarpill acid berry Glue: duo lash glue Glitter: @nuemakeup radiant sheen/ ice cluster Red: #mac liquid lip fashion agency/ @sugarpill Love+ White: @nyxcosmetics white liner . . . . . . . # #fiercesociety #morphegirl #makeupartistsworldwide #insta_makeup #makeupfanatic1 #universodamaquiagem_oficial #mikasbeauty #makeupaddict #ourfazinali #chrisspy #makeupahayla #dupethat #motd #makeuptutorialx0x #beautyblogger #makeupslaves #fiercesociety #morphegirl #makeupartistsworldwide #inssta_makeup #makeupfanatic1 #irisbeilin l#universodamaquiagem_oficial #fentybeauty #nars #narscosmetics #maccosmetics #macgirl #holidaymakeup #christmasmakeup #wreathmaker . . . . . . . # #fiercesociety #morphegirl #makeupartistsworldwide #insta_makeup #makeupfanatic1 #universodamaquiagem_oficial #mikasbeauty #makeupaddict #ourfazinali #chrisspy #makeupahayla #dupethat #motd #makeuptutorialx0x #beautyblogger #makeupslaves #fiercesociety #morphegirl #makeupartistsworldwide #inssta_makeup #makeupfanatic1 #irisbeilin l#universodamaquiagem_oficial #fentybeauty #nars #narscosmetics #maccosmetics #macgirl

A post shared by it girl (@strashme) on Nov 21, 2017 at 2:39pm PST

We’ve already had the crown brow, the triple brow and the lightning bolt brow, but the new wreath takes make-up looks to the extreme.

The cheery look involves painting a green design around your eyes to transform them into the front door decs.

Green eyeshadow is used around the crease, before glitter baubles and sparkly lights are added with coloured liner.

Influencer Ashley Strong was one of the first behind the brave design and uploaded a tutorial on how to copy her look – sparking a frenzy on social media.

🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄 inspired by @strashme and @makeup.caitlynaubrey

A post shared by Jenkneesmakeup (@jenkneesmakeup) on Dec 14, 2017 at 6:16pm PST

Many steady-handed beauty fans attempted their own versions of the look, and uploaded them to Instagram.

Some have even gone the whole hog and painted on tiny, cute holly leaves to complete the wintry look.

Here are some of the best to get you inspired for the Christmas season…

🎄 f e s t i v e a f 🎄 Inspired by @strashme & her gorgeous Christmas Wreath look This was one of the funnest looks I’ve done so far ☺️ Brows: @anastasiabeverlyhills @norvina Dark Brown dipbrow pomade & clear brow gel @tartecosmetics Shape Tape light medium to clean brows Eyes: @morphebrushes @jaclynhill Palette @katvondbeauty mi Vida Loca Remix palette ‘vinyl’ & ‘misfit’ @wunder2cosmetics glitter gelly ‘citrine’ @wunder2cosmetics glitter glue @jvlashesbyerika Shine Bright glitter palette @mermaidscales mermaid scales glitter set in ‘golden pearl’ @measurabledifference Matte cream lipsticks in white, green & red for wreath decorations @jvlashesbyerika ‘14k’ lashes @benefitcosmetics they’re real mascara • • • • • • • #makeup #makeupgeek #makeuplover #christmas #christmasmakeup #anastasiabeverlyhills #anastasiabrows #abh #dipbrow #norvina #morphe #morphebabe #morphebrushes #morphexjaclynhill #morphegirl #undiscovered_muas #wakeupandmakeup #instamakeup #festivemakeup #tartecosmetics #glitter

A post shared by CAITLYN RICH 🥀 (@makeup.caitlynaubrey) on Dec 13, 2017 at 11:55am PST

Christmas Wreath 💚inspired by original creator @strashme First of my Christmas looks, I will be doing more when I get round to it! Comment a green heart if you like it 💚 – – -#anastasiabeverlyhills #morphebrushes #makeupartistworldwide #glamspire #100daysofmakeup #muafollowtrain #sfx #sfxmakeup #followtrain #beautyqueens4ever #browsonfleek #makeupfanatic1 #abhbrows #instamakeup #morphebabe #makeupslaves #slave2beauty #glam #makegirlz #mua #wakeupandmakeup #universodamaquiagem_oficial #undiscovered_muas #hudabeauty #editorialmakeup #makeupbyme #flawlesssdolls – –

A post shared by Hannah Rose (@hannahamakeup) on Dec 9, 2017 at 8:50am PST

Thank you so much for showing me so much love on this look. Details on my previous post. Inspired by: @strashme . . . #weekendgurlmua#makeupforblackwomen#anastasiabeverlyhills#anastasiabrows#norvina#gainpost#motd#eotd #wakeupandmakeup#melaninonfleek#christmasmakeup #BHCosmetics

A post shared by Lakia DeCosta (@weekendgurlmua) on Dec 11, 2017 at 6:19pm PST

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas🎄Inspired by @strashme Products used: @anastasiabeverlyhills: clear brow gel @sleekmakeup: V1 Matte Palette @nyxcosmetics: vivid brights in Fire and aqua luxe in Glam 24 Karat and white liquid liner @ardellbeauty: lashes in double demi wispies @beccacosmetics: highlight in preseco pop @undiscovered_muas @instabeeyou #instagood #beauty #makeup #makeupartist #eyebrows #eyelashes #beautyguru #me #motd #fiercesociety #makeuplook #undiscovered_muas #mua #wakeupandmakeup #makeupdolls #makeupjunkie #makeupaddict #makeupmafia #makeupbyme #makeuptutorial #browneyes #cosmetics #makeuptutorial #glitter #instamakeup #eyemakeup #eyeshadow #glam #christmas #holiday #christmaslook

A post shared by Damaris Mendez 💋 (@damarisaliyah) on Dec 8, 2017 at 10:39pm PST

Christmas Wreath Look 🎄Day 74/100 ————————- Inspired by @strashme 😘 ————————- Brows: * @nyxcosmetics @nyxcosmetics_uk Tame and Frame Brow Pomade * @benefitcosmetics @benefitcosmetics_uk They’re Real Lash Primer Eyes: * @urbandecaycosmetics @udwende Spectrum Palette, Razor sharp Liner in Bump, and Heavy Metal glitter liners in Glamrock and Midnight Cowboy * @toofaced Better Then Sex. Lashes: * Lashes from Superdrug ————————- All brushes used @morphebrushes & @sigmabeauty ————————- #undiscovered_muas #undiscoveredmua #undiscoveredbeauty #undiscoveredmuababes #undiscoveredmuas_ #makeupartist #mua #makeupobsessed #makeup #morphebabe #100daysofmakeupchallenge #100daysofmakeup #christmasmakeup

A post shared by Mia Fazzani (@miakkatt_mua) on Dec 11, 2017 at 3:02pm PST

Last nights @muakentstate red lip party has me humming Destiny’s Child 8 Days of Christmas 💋 I put work in on this @strashme inspired holiday wreath halo eye , @_dominiquegabrielle blessed me with this red glitter lip 💄😍

A post shared by Janaye (@janayethebae) on Dec 5, 2017 at 7:25am PST

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Christmas party ideas 2017 – Be a Christmas star with some serious sparkle on your eyes, lips and tips

STRUGGLING to find the right make-up for your office Christmas do? We round up the most dazzling trends right now to help you become a Christmas star and sparkle all night. Total gem Who says bling…

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STRUGGLING to find the right make-up for your office Christmas do?

We round up the most dazzling trends right now to help you become a Christmas star and sparkle all night.

 Our glitter make-up tips have you ready for ChristmasGetty – Contributor Our glitter make-up tips have you ready for Christmas

Total gem

Who says bling is just for rings?

Clever brand Gypsy Shrine has heaps of different face and body crystals that are self-adhesive so you can simply stick them on.

 All In One Face Jewels in Sugar Rose, £10, Gypsy ShrineStuart Francis All In One Face Jewels in Sugar Rose, £10, Gypsy Shrine

Adorn yourself with the All In One Face Jewels in Sugar Rose, £10. For nails, Essie Galaxy 2017 in Stardust, £7.99, is the perfect blend of this season’s pink and metallic trends.

Plus, did you know pearlescent polishes like this dry more quickly than super-shiny ones because of the pigment compounds?

 Lottie London Festival Gems in Off Duty Unicorn, £3.99Stuart Francis Lottie London Festival Gems in Off Duty Unicorn, £3.99

That makes them perfect if you’re pushed for time.

For extra pizzazz, we added a couple of Lottie London Festival Gems in Off Duty Unicorn, £3.99, once nails were dry.

Unicorn rocks

If you want to match lips and tips, opt for multi-tonal.

Bourjois Metallic Lip Gloss in Liquid Steel, £7.99, is the perfect one-product party pout as the tip applicator makes it foolproof to apply.

 Bourjois Metallic Lip Gloss in Liquid Steel, £7.99Stuart Francis Bourjois Metallic Lip Gloss in Liquid Steel, £7.99

Begin by lining the outside of your lips, then fill in the rest with the creamy texture gloss.

It’s super-flattering because the sheen makes lips look fuller and draws all the attention to your mouth.

 Elegant Touch Chrome Collection in Molten Madame, £8.95Stuart Francis Elegant Touch Chrome Collection in Molten Madame, £8.95

Finish the look with fab falsies like Elegant Touch Chrome Collection in Molten Madame, £8.95.

Golden girl

This season, nail art has a grown-up edge with simple lines and half-and-half designs.

Start with a base such as OPI Nail Lacquer in Stop It I’m Blushing, £12.50, a peach nude that suits all skin tones and really shows off the gold. But before you reach for your gold polish, stop!

 Makeup For Ever Artist Shadow Diamond Finish in Gold Nugget, £12.60Stuart Francis Makeup For Ever Artist Shadow Diamond Finish in Gold Nugget, £12.60

This metallic artwork was created using foil. Simply apply Sparkly Nails Foil Adhesive, £2.99, in a single line.

Allow to go tacky for 30 seconds before placing Sparkly Nails Gold Nail Transfer Foil, £1.99, on top.

Rub so that it joins with the glue, then pull away.

 OPI Nail Lacquer in Stop It I’m Blushing, £12.50Stuart Francis OPI Nail Lacquer in Stop It I’m Blushing, £12.50

For your eyes, sketch out a graphic shape with Urban Decay Razor Sharp Liquid Eyeliner in Goldrush, £17 – the super-thin nib allows you to create fine lines. Fill in with Makeup For Ever Artist Shadow Diamond Finish in Gold Nugget, £12.60.

She’s a vamp

Take your pout to the dark side with Rimmel London Oh My Gloss!  Shades of Black in Rita’s Black, £5.99. Layer it over Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment in Paint It Black, £23, to give a plumped-up finish.

 Rimmel London Oh My Gloss! Shades of Black in Rita’s Black, £5.99Stuart Francis Rimmel London Oh My Gloss! Shades of Black in Rita’s Black, £5.99  Elegant Touch House of Holland Party Luxe Nails in Ruby Tuesday, £14.99Stuart Francis Elegant Touch House of Holland Party Luxe Nails in Ruby Tuesday, £14.99

Plus, the gloss will have something to grip on to, so it’ll last longer. Want gemstone nails without the hassle?

Elegant Touch House of Holland Party Luxe Nails in Ruby Tuesday, £14.99, offer maximum impact for minimum effort – just stick and go.

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