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September 3, 2010 / Martijn

ASIMO works on its social skills

It looks like a mini astronaut and walks as if it is on tiptoes (despite lacking them) as if it doesn’t want to draw too much attention. Make no mistake, however, Honda wants you to feel comfortable around its ASIMO (Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility) humanoid robot. The company understands that if androids are to play an integral role in the future of the human race (and justify Honda’s substantial investment in the technology), they are going to need social skills to keep the “creepiness” factor at bay.

via Robot meet and greet: ASIMO works on its social skills this week: Scientific American Gallery.

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