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Meet the robot actor starring in a play inspired by Kafka

Up-and-coming android performer Repliee S1 stars alongside well-known French actors in a piece based on Franz Kafka's absurdist classic "The Metamorphosis."

By October 22, 2014

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RoboThespian tests its mettle as stand-up comic

Give it up for RoboThespian! The programmable bot takes the stage to crack jokes for humans -- and comes across a bit stiff.

By August 15, 2013

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Mitsubishi unveils two-armed nuclear plant bot

Meister has two arms and a toolkit for cutting pipes and taking radioactivity samples. Too bad it wasn't developed 10 years ago.

By December 7, 2012

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Shanghai expo robots start climbing the walls

A trio of humanoid ladder-climbers Expo 2010's Japan Industry Pavilion is delighting visitors to the six-month event in Shanghai.

By May 11, 2010

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RoboThespian a raving, emotional mess

RoboThespian model RT3 shows off his acting chops in some new promo videos. The programmable automaton is designed to be a pitchman for hire.

By March 2, 2010

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Household bot makes theatrical debut

Tuesday marked the theatrical debut for the Wakamaru bot, which appeared onstage in Japan alongside real-life actors.

By November 25, 2008

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Baby steps for Dexter the robot

Start-up Anybots sees a day when robots will do many things that humans now do. For now, though, they're just working on staying upright. Photos: Meet Dexter and Monty, the Anybots Video: Humanoid robot trains to do the dirty work

By April 10, 2007

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Photo galleries: Robots in action

Rapid advances in robot development are leading to a whole new generation of tools and toys.

March 16, 2007

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In Japan, robots are people, too

"Loving the Machine" author Timothy Hornyak looks at why the Japanese see a friendly face in the dawning era of robots. Photos: The friendly faces of Japanese robots

October 5, 2006

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FAQ: Keeping pace with robots

The RoboNexus confab and a desert road race should help everyone get more up-to-speed.

October 5, 2005