You may have heard of Westworld, the hit HBO series about robots who look so lifelike that people can’t tell the difference.

So when two videos emerged of an eerie automaton at the Tokyo Game Show, held in Sept. 2017, people got a little spooked.

Have a look at the videos below and try to guess — is it a human, or a robot?

Or how about this video?

Uncanny valley

The videos saw some many commenters marvelling at the state of technology.

Screen shot from Topovikcom’s Facebook page.
Screen shot from Topovikcom’s Facebook page.

And the beauty of it

The reply to this comment provides a succinct summation of this situation.

Yup, it’s real

Screen shot from Topovikcom’s Facebook page.
Screen shot from Topovikcom’s Facebook page.

The last guy was on the money. The “androids” weren’t robots after all, they were actors hired to act like robots.

These creepy robots / really good human actors were there to promote Detroit: Become Human, a video game developed by Quantic Dream, and published by Sony for the PS4.

The game is set in a futuristic world where human-looking androids have become common in society, and it’s up to the player to decide the fate of the world.

The game was released in May 2018.

According to Alia Chikhdene, Quantic Dream’s community manager:

This is a Cyberlife creation impersonated by a real human being.”

Still, it was a great way to promote a game that features artificial intelligence.

With Singapore pushing forward with advances in Artificial Intelligence, such as signing an MOU with South Korea that focuses on A.I. and biotech, we could see androids walking the streets and working alongside us before too long.

Top image via screen shot from shinobu-bu’s YouTube video.

(H/T GoodTimes)