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Everyone universally hated 'Clippy' when it popped up and tried to be helpful. So imagine the hate that could arise if a humanoid robot wondered around and tried to be helpful all the time. Thankfully, the field of robotics is not quite up to letting such a machine loose on the general population, but plenty of researchers are working on how to improve human-bot relations. C3PO has some early ancestors in a few of the following links.
- Georgia Tech has a robot named Simon that knows when he has your attention -- with about 80% accuracy. Maybe they should rename the bot to Simona and get about half of the population's attention. [url]
- The Geminoid DK robot has been getting some attention... for being really, really creepy-looking. [url]
- Binghamton University researchers are developing software for judging people's expressions -- anger, disgust, fear, joy, sadness, and surprise. Not necessarily in that order. [url]
- To discover more interesting AI-related content, check out what's currently floating around the StumbleUpon universe. [url]