Sunday, February 8, 2009

Einstein Robot Smiles When You Do

The Einstein robot is shown on display in this publicity image from the TED2009 Conference in Long Beach, California February 5, 2009. (Kevin Carpenter for David Hanson/Handout/Reuters)

From Yahoo News/Reuters:

LONG BEACH, California (Reuters) – Albert Einstein looked around, made eye contact and smiled.

Of course, the renowned scientist has been dead for more than 50 years but he was reincarnated this week in the form of a so-called empathetic robot that pushes the boundaries of automation by being able to interact with people using emotional nuances.

The rubberized rendition of Einstein's head and shoulders with piercing movable eyes, a shock of white hair and distinctive mustache dazzled a crowd of 1,500 at the Technology, Entertainment and Design conference that seeks to foster creativity among entrepreneurs, scientists and designers.

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