Creating one cute robot at a time

Hanson - isn't that the name of some robot band? No wait, Hanson Robotics is creating a series of 'friendly super-intelligent robots.'
While some are very much in the uncanny valley, some are actually pretty cool.
For an example of freaky realism, look at the robot head Jules, saying goodbye before being packed up. I can't tell if the people in the video are acting sad, or are really upset to see him go. And, they made a robot pirate - the Yargh-bot!
Eva and Vera are both damn creepy - and not just because they're bald heads.
The most important robot has to be the Phillip K Dick robot (go 45 seconds in to see him chatting) - which uses an AI to create his personality. Yes, they're creating a robot that can mimic a person.

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