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As loveable toy dinosaur Pleo gets both hugged and strangled in the name of science, two studies suggest that we're hardwired to sympathize with them. But how deeply can people feel for robots?
Untold millions have gone into creating a bizarre floor show of 10-foot-tall robots and dancing girls.
This week we met a life-size, artificially intelligent, and fully functional sex robot billed as the first of its kind. And it made some of us wonder what it would be like to finally date an artificial lady programmed to make us feel good.
She's the automaton of your dreams: sexy, rubbery, and with multiple personalities. Meet Roxxxy, billed as the world's first sex robot. Did we mention she's from New Jersey?
While dating site for robot lovers is currently restricted to humans, it does hope to include robots among its members "once their AI is sufficiently advanced."
Some people are scared of clowns, some of zombies. I'm scared of giant robots with knives programmed to slice meat from a pig's thigh.
Peratech is developing artificial skin for robots at MIT. The robo-hide will be able to detect where a robot has been touched and how hard. So think before slapping.
Roxxxy could mean the end of friending co-workers on Facebook. She could mean the end of speed dating and dinners with your in-laws. And she has a male counterpart on the way, too.