Wednesday, August 1, 2007

New York Times on the Real Transformers

A lengthy New
York Times article by Robin Marantz Henig offers an overview of the
state of real world robots to be found in research labs. She visits the
robot labs of MIT to see Mertz, Kismet, Leo, and other social robots.
She talks to Rodney Brooks about his "scientific midlife crisis". She
mentions historical robots like Elktro and talks with Sherry Turkle
about the danger of robot boyfriends. There is also a discussion of
robot self-awareness, consiousness, and emotion in robots. About the
only thing not covered in this article is transformers or other
shape-shifting robots.


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